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Astros trade for Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole

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Astros cash in depth for another strong starter.

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The Houston Astros have added another front-line starter on Saturday from the Pittsburgh Pirates, right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole. It the official move was first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown.

The Astros will be sending four players RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin.

Cole, 27, the first-overall pick by the Pirates in 2011 out of UCLA. He is coming off an average season with a 12-12 record and 4.26 ERA in 2017. Cole was an all-star in 2015 with a 19-8 record and a 2.60 ERA. He was the Pirates’ National League Wild Card Game starter against the Cubs in 2015.

Musgrove is the biggest name from the Astros. Musgrove, 25, was 7-8 with a 4.77 ERA in 38 games (15 starts). The righty took on the load to help the bullpen in the playoffs. He was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in four games.