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.
Hearing Pirates and Astros have a trade. Sources say Musgrove and Moran to Pitt for Gerrit Cole.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) January 13, 2018
The Astros will be sending four players RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin.
Source: Outfielder Jason Martin is fourth player heading from #Astros to #Pirates for Gerrit Cole, along with Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 13, 2018
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.