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Heyman | Astros acquire Gerrit Cole from Pirates
14 January 2018, 08:16 | Charlene Valdez
Sources: Astros to acquire right-hander Gerrit Cole
The headliners of the package going back to Pittsburgh are RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Michael Feliz and 3B Colin Moran.
The move places Cole in the middle of an already strong pitching staff in Houston, which features future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander, 2015 Cy Young Award victor Dallas Keuchel, World Series Game 7 hero Charlie Morton, Lance McCullers Jr., Brad Peacock and Collin McHugh. Cole, Ivan Nova, David Freese and Francisco Cervelli are under team control through 2019.
Prospect Jason Martin is also heading to Pittsburgh.
Cole, the former No. 1 overall pick out of UCLA in 2011, is married to Brandon Crawford's sister Amy. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow thinks pitching coach Brent Strom can help Cole recapture that form. If the Pirates are able to transform him back into the pitcher that had a 1.88 and 2.74 ERA in 2015 and 2016, he could be a solid fourth or fifth starter. With Dallas Keuchel hitting free agency after the 2018 season, Astros owner Jim Crane made no secrets that the team would seek out starting pitchers this winter.