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Astros officially acquire Gerrit Cole from Pirates

15 January, 2018, 01:21 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Pirates deal Gerrit Cole to Astros for four players, including pitcher Joe Musgrove

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports said the deal was for two years and $16.75 million.

The Yankees have once again missed out on acquiring Gerrit Cole.

Cole, 27, is in his second year of arbitration eligibility.

The Pirates were entering a unsafe position in 2018 and had to make a choice of either trying to go all in to win with their current core of talent or taking a long-term outlook on things.

"We do not have a deal", Luhnow told MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. "I got the phone call not too long ago, and I was shocked".

In seeking further depth for the rotation, the Astros skirted a free-agent market featuring the likes of Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta.

After what seemed like a never-ending saga, the Pittsburgh Pirates have finally parted ways with right handed starter Gerrit Cole. The contract is pending a physical, according to a report from FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal.

Musgrove, 25, was a first-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2011 and bombed as a starting pitcher in 2017. He also had a 4.94 ERA. In his career, he is 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA.


With Cole gone, Jameson Taillon and Ivan Nova will anchor the rotation ahead of Trevor Williams and Chad Kuhl. "Joe has a quality fastball that is complimented well by his breaking pitches and changeup".

Moran, 25, has appeared in 16 games at the Major League Baseball level over the last two seasons.

Martin, 21, was an eighth-round draft pick by the Astros in 2013. Martin was the Astros' 15th best prospect and has the tools to be a future major league outfielder.

The players the Pirates got in return for Cole is a bit underwhelming.

Even with those lackluster stats last season, Cole is the kind of pitcher the Astros can afford to take a chance on.

In the American League, adjustments will have to be made.

He gives the Pirates an additional experienced reliever to add to a bullpen that includes Felipe Rivero, George Kontos, Daniel Hudson, Edgar Santana and Dovydas Neverauskas, among others. Martin, 22, played all three outfield positions and batted.278 with 18 home runs in Class A and Double-A. However, the Astros opted to not place him on their 40-man roster, leaving him exposed in last month's Rule 5 Draft, and he was not selected by another organization. His career major league ERA of 4.52 is not eye-popping, but he was dominant in the minor leagues for the Astros across all levels. He had one year of arbitration remaining and was likely to command a huge raise in 2019, one of the reasons the Pirates had considered trading him. Cole was limited to 116 innings in 2016 because of injuries. While he was by no means bad, (12-12, 4.26 ERA, 196 strikeouts) Cole will look to re-discover in Houston what made him an ace for the Pirates just a few seasons ago. Additionally, he averaged 8.69 strikeouts per nine innings with a 3.1 fWAR - the second-best mark of his career. The club will likely go with a full youth movement, rather than giving it one last try with the core that led this franchise back to the postseason.

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