The Gerrit Cole trade at a first glance seems like a "win, win" for both teams as the Houston Astros got an ACE caliber pitcher for their already solid rotation and they didn't have to give up any of their top four prospects and the Pittsburgh Pirates got two Major League ready pitchers and two high-end prospects in return.
On Saturday the trade was reported by Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports and confirmed by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
What was still unknown was the full package that the Astros will send the Pirates, as only Joe Musgrove and Colin Moran had been reported to be apart of the deal.
But, minutes later, Rosenthal reported that the Astros would be getting two more players in the deal.
First, right-handed reliever Michael Feliz.
And second, the Astros #15 prospect Jason Martin.
That makes it one MLB starter (Musgrove), one MLB reliever (Feliz), the #5 Astros prospect (3B, Moran), and the Astros #15 prospect (OF, Martin).
Musgrove, 24, put up a 4.77 ERA in his first full season in the Big Leagues on 109.1 innings in 2017 and will probably in the mix for a rotation spot for the Pirates.
Feliz, 24, recorded a 5.63 ERA over 46 appearances out of the Astros' bullpen last season and is a big arm that will likely be on the Opening Day roster.
On the other hand, the prospects Moran, 25, will probably battle for a spot in on the roster and Martin, 22, moved up to Doble-A last year and is probably still one to two years away still.
One would wonder what exactly the Yankees offered for Cole, as a trade involving Clint Frazier and some lower ranked pitching prospects could of been a lot better for the team from the NL Central.
The Astros will add yet another talented starter to what is becoming a vaunted rotation.
The 27-year old Cole figures to slot in behind Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, and maybe even Lance McCullers for Houston, who will also have Charlie Morton, Brad Peacock and Collin McHugh in the rotation mix.
Cole struggled, by his standards, to a 12-12 record and 4.26 ERA in 2017, but owns an overall 59-42 career mark with a 3.50 ERA. He finished fourth in the National League Cy Young vote in 2015.