Major League Baseball champions Astros land Cole in trade with Pirates

Gerrit Cole Finally Lands with Astros

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

He has a 3.50 ERA with 749 hits allowed and 734 strikeouts in 782.1 innings in five seasons. Cole was often referred to as a "bulldog" on the mound during his time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, yet that dogged mentality opened him up for criticism.

Drafted sixth overall out of UNC back in 2013, Moran has spent the majority of his five professional seasons in the minor leagues, where he's compiled a.290 batting average with 48 home runs and 279 RBIs. Feliz, a 25-year-old reliever, struck out 165 batters in 113 innings over the past two seasons.

Moran, 25, has appeared in 16 games at the Major League Baseball level over the last two seasons. Evans will push for Greubel Poser, a combination that earned the US a bronze medal at the Sochi Games four years ago. In 338 plate appearances, he hit 18 homers with 31 walks and 55 strikeouts. The Astros were able to acquire Justin Verlander last season minutes before the trade deadline passed.

The World Series champion Astros add Cole, the former 19-game victor, to a rotation already armed with Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr. and Charlie Morton.

Now, there's another intriguing arm in Cole added to the rotation.

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After going 75-87 in 2017, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington made the call to deal Cole in an effort to bring in a strong package of talent for his team as it looks to avoid a significant drop-off when all those deals expire. The Astros likely were eager to get the deal done before those numbers were set. Hand went 3-4 with 21 saves and a 2.16 ERA last season.

On his day, Cole could be a top 10 pitcher.

Musgrove started 15 games for the Astros last season and had a 4.77 ERA.

He has one year of arbitration eligibility remaining. Steven Brault or Tyler Glasnow could be in the No. 5 spot.

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