Astros actually trade for Gerrit Cole

The Yankees are far from desperate for a starting pitcher but for the right price would get Yu Darvish

The Yankees are far from desperate for a starting pitcher but for the right price would get Yu Darvish

On Saturday - a day after Cole agreed to a one-year deal worth $6.75 million - the Pirates agreed to trade the right-hander to the World Series champion Astros for four players, including pitcher Joe Musgrove and infielder Colin Moran, according to multiple reports.

Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown first reported the news. On Thursday, general manager Brian Cashman said in a radio interview that he's been waffling as to whether the team needs to add another starter.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have finally chose to move on from Gerrit Cole after trading the right-handed pitcher to the Houston Astros on Saturday.

Despite making a career-high 33 starts in 2017, Cole posted his worst ERA (4.26), worst home run rate (1.4 per nine innings) and second-most hits allowed per nine innings (8.8).

Moran, 25, is a natural third baseman who also can play first base and shortstop.

Brian Cashman wanted Gerrit Cole only at his price
Brian Cashman wanted Gerrit Cole only at his price

Musgrove started 15 games for the Astros in 2017, posting a 4.77 ERA. He hit.308 with 18 home runs and 63 RBIs in 79 games with Triple-A Fresno. Martin was originally an eighth-round pick by the Astros in the 2013 draft.

The right-hander has two more seasons before qualifying for free agency.

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

Injuries checked Cole to 21 starts in 2016, but he rebounded a year ago and was one of just 15 pitchers in the majors to work 200-plus innings.

He joins a rotation fronted by former Cy Young Award winners Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander. He has a 4.52 career ERA in 171.1 innings.

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