MLB champions Astros land Cole in trade with Pirates

The Houston Astros have acquired Gerrit Cole in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, both teams announced on Saturday.

MLB World Series champions the Astros dealt pitchers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz and third baseman Colin Moran to the Pirates in return for the 2015 All-Star.

Prospect Jason Martin is also heading to Pittsburgh.

Cole is coming off a career-worst ERA at 4.26 in 203 innings pitched, but he remains one of the hardest throwers in the game.

The 27-year-old was the number one overall pick in 2011 by Pittsburgh and is twice a first-round pick as he was taken 28th overall by the New York Yankees in 2008.

Houston will now feature a rotation with two Cy Young winners in Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel and a former top pick in Cole. Lance McCullers Jr. and Charlie Morton will likely round it out. 

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