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Gerrit Cole traded to Houston in five-player deal

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In a two-team deal Saturday, the Pirates sent Gerrit Cole to Houston for right-handed reliever Michael Feliz, outfielder Jason Martin, third baseman Colin Moran and right-handed starter Joe Musgrove.

Spending five years with the Pirates, Cole tallied a career ERA of 3.50 through 782 innings, winning 59 games.

“Trading Gerrit Cole was not an easy decision.  We are very appreciative for what Gerrit has done for our team and organization, especially his important role on the 2013-15 playoff teams,” explained General Manager Neal Huntington in a press release.  “Acquiring these four quality young players, three of whom we project to be an important part of our 2018 team, with many years of potential contribution, is an important step for us as we work toward bringing playoff baseball back to our fans.”

A one-time all-star, Cole pieced together his best campaign in the 2015 season, where the starter finished fourth in Cy Young voting, winning 19 games, with a 2.60 ERA in a career-high 208 innings pitched.

Cole was drafted first overall by Pittsburgh in 2011.  The starter made his debut on June 11, 2013, earning his first career win against San Francisco. 

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