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Pirates trade Gerrit Cole to World Series champion Astros  5 Months ago

Source:   USA Today  

The defending World Series champion Houston Astros just got better.

It took weeks of negotiations to complete, but the Astros acquired right-hander Gerrit Cole in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, it was announced on Saturday.

In return, the Pirates received pitchers Joe Musgrove, Michael Feliz, outfielder Jason Martin and third baseman Colin Moran. 

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"This move gives us a better chance over the next two years to repeat and hopefully get another championship," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said.

Cole, 27, has two years remaining before becoming a free agent. He was highly sought out this winter by multiple teams - most notably the New York Yankees. 

"Trading Gerrit Cole was not an easy decision. We are very appreciative for what Gerrit has done for our team and organization, especially his important role on the 2013-15 playoff teams," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a written statement.

"Acquiring these four quality young players, three of whom we project to be an important part of our 2018 team, with many years of potential contribution, is an important step for us as we work toward bringing playoff baseball back to our fans."

On Friday, Cole avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year deal worth $6.75 million. He went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA and made a career-high 33 starts in 2017. His best season was 2015, when he went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA and 202 strikeouts.

He joins a rotation fronted by former Cy Young Award winners Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander. Including Right-handers Lance McCullers Jr., Charlie Morton and Brad Peacock, it gives the Astros depth in the rotation.

 

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