Astros acquire pitcher Gerrit Cole in trade with Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws to the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park

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.

Musgrove, 25, is a right-handed pitcher who served as both a starter and reliever last season.

Cole, 27, is under team control until 2020 and made $3.7 million this past season. Look for his ADP to tick up accordingly.

The package going to Pittsburgh is led by pitcher Joe Musgrove and infielder Colin Moran.

The Yankees have once again missed out on acquiring Gerrit Cole. He had a breakout 2017 campaign in the minors, slashing.308/.373/.542 with 18 home runs in 73 games at Triple-A Fresno. MLB.com's Jon Morosi even reported Wednesday the Pirates and Astros had agreed on a deal, though that turned out not to be the case at that time. When they couldn't work out a deal with the Pirates, the Astros instead got Justin Verlander.

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.

That remains his best year as he's managed to only win 19 games the last two years combined.

With Cole gone, Jameson Taillon and Ivan Nova will anchor the rotation ahead of Trevor Williams and Chad Kuhl. He put up career lows in several categories last season, including ERA, home run rate and FIP.

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

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