Its official the Pirates and Astros have agreed on a trade that will send Gerrit Cole to the Astros and the Pirates received right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin.
The addition of Cole bulsters an already deadly starting rotation. Cole joins Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, lance McCullers jr and Charlie Morton.
Cole was an all star back in 2015 where he went 19-8 with a 2.60 era. Since then he’s been inconsistent going 19-22 with a 4.07 era.
The Pirates avoided arbitration with Gerrit on Friday, Cole is scheduled to make 6.75 million in 2018. Prior I the false trade last week it was reported that the Astros were trying to get a trade done prior to his hearing with the Pirates so they could determine how much he would get paid.
Overall it’s a nice trade for the Astros, but unless he can bounce back to his 2015 form, this trade is pretty irrelevant.