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Pirates trade Yankees' target Gerrit Cole to Astros

Pirates trade Yankees' target Gerrit Cole to Astros

The World Series champions boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade Saturday.

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman first reported the details of the deal.

Cole is coming off a career-worst ERA at 4.26 in 203 innings pitched, but he remains one of the hardest throwers in the game. It was the highest ERA of his four-year career, and Cole went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA en route to becoming an All-Star in 2015.

Cole will join former Cy Young Award winners Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander on a team that just won its first championship.

Moran is a 25-year-old left-handed hitter who batted.308/.373/.543 with 18 home runs and 63 RBI in 79 games for Triple-A Fresno this past season.

A few days before Christmas, there was speculation that Cole was headed to the New York Yankees.

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Cole recently agreed to a $6.75 million deal with the Pirates to avoid arbitration.

They accepted a package headlined by Musgrove, who is unproven as a starter in the major leagues. "But as we looked at how we position ourselves to be better as an organization, we felt this was the right move to get these three players that are major-league ready with 15 years of potential contribution combined versus the two Gerrit had remaining".

With Cole gone, Jameson Taillon and Ivan Nova will anchor the rotation ahead of Trevor Williams and Chad Kuhl.

Cole probably is only the first domino to fall for the Pirates, who have triggered another roster retooling phase.

Martin, 22, split his season between Class A Buies Creek and Double-A Corpus Christi, hitting.278 with 18 home runs and 66 RBIs in 125 games. The most attractive thing about Feliz is his strikeouts per nine innings, which was 13.13 in 2017. Over the past two years, he's played in a total of 16 games with the Astros.

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