Astros bolster rotation by acquiring Pirates ace Gerrit Cole


Gerrit Cole is heading to Houston.

He's under team control for two years, adds depth to a starting rotation that features Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander and didn't cause the Astros to empty their loaded farm system to make the deal happen.

Ken Rosenthal, a national baseball writer for The Athletic, also confirmed this report with a source of his own, saying that Cole was indeed traded to the Astros. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow thinks pitching coach Brent Strom can help Cole recapture that form.

On Friday, Cole avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year deal worth $6.75 million.

With AP Photos.The World Series champion Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade.

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Musgrove and Feliz both made appearances with the Astros last season. It was also the first season in which he was able to pitch 200+ innings, a feat he has accomplished twice in his career. He hit.308 with an OPS of.916 in triple-A last season.

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.

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

Cole was beleaguered by the home run ball in 2017, but there is every reason to believe that 2017 was an aberration. David Freese is penciled as Pittsburgh's third baseman previous year.

Alex Bregman didn't have to tweet much. He's a giant, hard-throwing right-hander who posted an ugly 5.63 ERA in 48 bullpen innings in 2017. Moran is the headliner, a 25-year-old former first-round pick of the Marlins in 2013 out of UNC acquired by Houston at little cost three years ago. Martin isn't well-known, but he hit.278/.332/.487 with 18 homers and 16 steals between High-A and Double-A last season.