Pirates trade Gerrit Cole to Houston

Pirates trade Gerrit Cole to Houston

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.

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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.


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.