Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole traded to Astros in 5-player deal

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

Pittsburgh traded the pitcher to the Astros on Saturday in return for a package centered around Joe Musgrove and Colin Moran, according to Yahoo Sports. For several hours Wednesday, Twitter crackled with reports that a deal to send Cole to Houston was imminent. On Thursday, general manager Brian Cashman said in a radio interview that he's been waffling as to whether the team needs to add another starter.

Musgrove, Moran and Feliz likely will open the season with the Pirates.

Moran, 25, is a natural third baseman who also can play first base and shortstop.

Cole made 33 starts for the Pirates last season after missing time in 2016 due to elbow troubles. Martin was originally an eighth-round pick by the Astros in the 2013 draft. Cole has a career record of 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA in five major league seasons, and should immediately provide depth to an already-strong Houston rotation.

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Moran, 25, hit.364 (4x11) with a homer and three RBI in seven games for the Astros in 2017.

Cole should immediately slot into the Astros rotation alongside Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr. and World Series hero Charlie Morton.

Martin, 22, split his season between Class A Buies Creek (46g) and Double A Corpus Christi (79g) hitting.278 (132x474) with 18 home runs and 66 RBI in 125 games. He has one year of arbitration remaining and could command a hefty salary bump in 2019, one of the reasons the Pirates had explored trading him in recent weeks.

Cole, a product of UCLA, was the top pick from the 2011 draft by the Pirates.

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