Astros acquire Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole in trade

Pirates deal Gerrit Cole to Astros for four players, including pitcher Joe Musgrove

The deal was reportedly close to happening earlier in the week before talks stalled. At a minimum, the Pirates probably have a good reliever, but you don't want to trade Cole for a nice bullpen part.

Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA last season, by far the worst ERA of his five-year career.

On Friday, Cole and the Pirates reached agreement on a one-year contract worth $6.75 million.

From the department of "good teams getting better", the Houston Astros, 2017 World Series champions, traded for Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole on Saturday in exchange for four players, most notably 25-year-old right-hander Joe Musgrove.

Musgrove did appear in 38 games for the Astros last season, posting a 4.77 ERA with 98 strikeouts in 109.1 innings.

Cole burst onto the scene in 2013, and proved to be a driving force on the team that finally broke the 20-year long losing streak.

Stadium memories differ for Ohio State, Southern Cal
They are led by their sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold who through the ball for 3,787 yards with 26 touchdowns and 12 picks. The Trojans' 52-49 win over No. 5 Penn State in the Rose Bowl was at least one of the best two postseason games of the year.

Verlander and Keuchel were quite pleased with the move. He hit.308 with 18 home runs and 63 RBIs in 79 games with Triple-A Fresno.

By adding Cole, the Astros make their already formidable rotation even mightier.

Cole, 27, has two years remaining before becoming a free agent.

Houston will now feature a rotation with two Cy Young winners in Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel and a former top pick in Cole. The 25-year-old hit.308/.373/.543 with 18 home runs in 79 games during a repeat trip to Triple-A last year, but has logged just 37 Major League Baseball plate appearances over the past two seasons. However, it now seems Freese and Moran will compete to break camp as the starting third baseman this year.

Alex Bregman didn't have to tweet much. However, his power is diminishing and Moran could end up being a long-term solution for the Pirates at the hot corner. Despite that, he had a 5.63 ERA in part because of subpar control. Martin, 22, played all three outfield positions and batted.278 with 18 home runs in Class A and Double-A.

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