Major League Baseball champions Astros land Cole in trade with Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws to the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park

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

Tim Brown, a writer for Yahoo Sports, reported that Cole was dealt to the Houston Astros for two players Saturday. However, those reports turned out to be premature.

Days ago it was repoted that the Astros were acquring pitcher Gerrit Cole from the Padres.

Cole, the ace of the Pittsburgh staff, went 12-12 for the Pirates in 2017 with a 4.26 ERA, a down year by his standards. However, the 27-year old is still considered one of the best young pitchers in baseball. He has a 3.50 ERA with 749 hits allowed and 734 strikeouts in 782.1 innings in five seasons. Despite the off year, he was frequently mentioned in trade rumors this winter. Lance McCullers Jr. and Charlie Morton will likely round it out. So to recap.... after long weeks of agonizing rumors, Gerrit Cole is a Pirate no more.

Luhnow characterized Cole's acquisition as having a "significant cost" because the Astros "love" the four players they're giving up. The Astros were able to acquire Justin Verlander last season minutes before the trade deadline passed. The one-time All-Star was 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA last season. Moving him now was the only option if the team decided that past year was the end of the line.

Soccer: Harry Kane overtook Teddy Sheringham as Tottenham's all-time scorer in the English Premier League era (since 1992) by scoring twice in the second half of a 4-0 win over Everton. He hit.308 with an OPS of.916 in triple-A last season. Over the past two years, he's played in a total of 16 games with the Astros. David Freese is penciled as Pittsburgh's third baseman past year. Moran should help fill a persistent hole at the hot corner for a team that has been searching for a solution there since Pedro Alvarez went bust.

Martin was the Astros' 15th best prospect and has the tools to be a future major league outfielder. Through his work in 2016 and 2017, Schugel has solidified himself as a core member of the Pirate bullpen heading into the 2018 season. The Pirates also have a fair amount of rotation depth, even with Cole out of the picture.

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