Update: Pirates officially trade Cole to Astros

Posted on Jan 13 2018 - 7:35pm by Rachael McKriger
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After five years in Pittsburgh, Gerrit Cole is no longer a Pittsburgh Pirate.


After a hectic Wednesday surrounding a trade involving Cole to the Houston Astros, a deal was struck mere moments ago officially sending the 27-year-old ace to last year’s World Series champions.

Yahoo Sports writer Tim Brown broke the news regarding Cole, mentioning the inclusion of third baseman Colin Moran and right-handed starting pitcher Joe Musgrove from Houston.

Later, FanRag Sports and MLB Network insider Jon Heyman noted that two others in the deal, which turned out being righy bullpen arm Michael Feliz and outfielder Jason Martin.

Here’s a brief breakdown on the players coming back for Cole, who agreed to terms on a $6.75 M deal through arbitration.

Moran, 25, a first-round pick for the Miami Marlins in 2013, was traded to the Astros the following year. Last season, he ended the year with a short stint on the big league club. The third baseman, expected to at least compete for the Pirates’ starting job, produced a .308 average, 18 home runs, 63 runs batted in, .373 on-base percentage and .543 slugging percentage. He finished last season ranked as the team’s fifth-best prospect.

Musgrove, 25, spent all last season on the Astros’ MLB roster, posting a 4.77 earned run average and 98 strikeouts in 109 1/3 innings pitched. Pencil the youngster somewhere toward the middle of the Pirates’ rotation.

Feliz, 24, a hard-throwing bullpen arm, played in Houston all of last season, where he posted a 5.63 earned run average and 70 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched. Along with Moran and Musgrove, he’ll more than likely crack the Opening Day 25-man roster.

Martin, 22, drafted by the Astros in the 2013 MLB draft out of high school, spent time in High-A and Double-A last year. The Astro’s No. 15 prospect slashed .273/.319/.483 at AA Corpus Christi, while mustering 24 doubles, 11 homers and 37 RBI in 30 at bats. Early reports show he’ll probably start the year in Double-A Altoona.

The New York Yankees, heavily interested in Cole, were unable to strike a deal, obviously.

Heyman reported that the teams were unable to agree on the side pieces of a potential deal headlined by Miguel Andujar or Clint Frazier.

In a corresponding move, the Pirates will have to remove some players from their 40-man roster to make space. Stay tuned for what they do.


The news that Cole had been traded to the Houston Astros came from MLB Network and Fox Sports reporter Jon Morosi.

Morosi tweeted that talks between the Astros and the Pirates were “imminent.”

At 12:14 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Morosi broke the news that the talks were done and that both sides “reached an agreement” on Cole.

There has been no word yet on what the Pirates will receive from the Astros.

The Pirates selected Cole with the first overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. He began his baseball career with Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League, a minor league team.

His Major League Baseball debut came on June 11, 2013, for the Pirates.

In five seasons, Cole owns a 59-42 record, has a 3.50 ERA and has started 127 games. In addition, Cole has allowed 749 hits and 327 runs allowed.

Cole has also completed 734 strikeouts, with the most occurring in the 2015 season (202 strike outs).

Cole’s best season was in 2015, when he was named a MLB All-Star player, and the National League Pitcher of the Month in April.

In 2013, specifically in September, Cole was named the NL Rookie of the Month.


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Joe Cinello provided the updated portion.