Houston Astros Reportedly Trade Former UNC Star Colin Moran to Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit. The Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm acquiring Cole

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit. The Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm acquiring Cole

Musgrove was traded to the Pirates along with Colin Moran and two undisclosed prospects in exchange for Gerrit Cole, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports.

Cole, 27, is coming off his worst major league season of his career.

The defending World Series champion Houston Astros just got better.

Two other Astros players, Jason Martin and Michael Feliz, are expected to be involved in the deal as well, according to The Athletic.

Verlander and Keuchel were quite pleased with the move. He made seven appearances in relief in the postseason and picked up the win in Game 5 of the World Series after throwing one scoreless inning.

The Astros, meanwhile, receive a solid starting pitcher who was once the No. 1 overall draft pick back in 2011.

"We don't focus too much on short-term performance", Houston General Manager Jeff Luhnow told reporters after the trade was announced. If the Pirates are able to transform him back into the pitcher that had a 1.88 and 2.74 ERA in 2015 and 2016, he could be a solid fourth or fifth starter.

A few days before Christmas, there was speculation that Cole was headed to the New York Yankees. Luhnow said Houston first spoke to Pittsburgh about Cole last July, and the teams have been hammering out this package since the winter meetings.

Cole tied for the NL lead with 33 starts, was third in innings (203) and 10th in strikeouts (196). He is 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA in five seasons, including 19-8 in 2015.

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

Days ago it was repoted that the Astros were acquring pitcher Gerrit Cole from the Padres. "We are very appreciative for what Gerrit has done for our team and organization, especially his important role on the 2013-15 playoff teams".

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