Astros get Cole in trade
A day after reaching a one-year agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates to avoid arbitration, right-hander was traded to the Houston Astros. Houston sent right-handers and baseman
third and outfielder to Pittsburgh in the
Trade speculation swirled around Cole earlier this week, with the Astros and New York Yankees rumored to have interest prior to the 27-year-old reaching a one-year, $6.75 million agreement with the Pirates.
Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 33 starts in 2017. He has a 59-42 record with a 3.50 ERA in parts of five seasons with the Pirates. The No. 1 overall choice in the 2011 draft finished fourth in the National League Cy Young balloting in 2015 when he went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA and made his lone All-Star team.
He has one year of arbitration eligibility remaining.
Musgrove, 25, went 7-8 with a 4.77 ERA in 38 games in 2017, his second major league season, splitting his year between the rotation and the bullpen.
Feliz, 24, went 4-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 46 relief appearances with the Astros last season, drawing his career numbers to 12-3 with a 5.13 ERA in parts of three seasons in Houston.