The Pirates confirmed in a release that Gerrit Cole was traded Saturday night.
Tim Brown, a writer for Yahoo Sports, reported that Cole was dealt to the Houston Astros for two players Saturday.
Hearing Pirates and Astros have a trade. Sources say Musgrove and Moran to Pitt for Gerrit Cole.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) January 13, 2018
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.
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The Pirates or Astros have yet to officially announce the trade, and there were reports of a trade for Cole that surfaced Wednesday, which turned out to be false.
Cole went 12-12 in 33 starts for Pittsburgh in 2017, with an earned-run-average of 4.26 -- his worst ERA in his career.
Cole had signed a one-year extension with Pittsburgh on Friday for $6.75 million.
According to the release, the Pirates got back four players in the trade – relief pitcher Michael Feliz, outfielder Jason Martin, third baseman Colin Moran, and starting pitcher Joe Musgrove.
Musgrove and Feliz both made appearances with the Astros last season.
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