Gerrit Cole reportedly traded to Astros

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

Then more reports began to circulate that the Astros had completed a trade for Pirates ace Gerrit Cole, but then those reports were determined to be false.

Pittsburgh will receive pitcher Joe Musgrove, third baseman Colin Moran, reliever Michael Feliz and Minor League outfielder Jason martin from the Astros.

"Trading Gerrit Cole was not an easy decision", general manager Neal Huntington said in a prepared statement.

Cole, 27, was the Pirates Opening Day starter last season and went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA (96ER/203IP) and 196 strikeouts in 33 starts.

This is a win for the Astros and for Cole and a clear sign the Pirates are beginning to rebuild.

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. He improved both his strikeout and walk rates previous year, and the move to Minute Maid Park is an upgrade for Cole, both in terms of run prevention and strikeouts. He split his year between the rotation and the bullpen, and appeared in seven postseason games for Houston, including four World Series contests.

The sixth overall pick of the 2013 draft, Moran went 4-for-11 with a triple, home run and three RBIs in seven games for the Astros in 2017.

In 79 games last season at Triple-A Fresno, Moran hit.308 with a.916 OPS.

Moran, however, is the centerpiece of the trade from Houston's side-as he finished last season ranked as the organization's No. 5 overall prospect. Information from ESPN was used in this report.

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