The Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros finally pulled the trigger on the trade most fans have been waiting on for the starter Gerrit Cole.
According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, the Pirates and Astros got a deal done on Saturday for Cole with Pittsburgh receiving third basemen Colin Moran and pitcher Joe Musgrove.
Hearing Pirates and Astros have a trade. Sources say Musgrove and Moran to Pitt for Gerrit Cole.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) 13 de enero de 2018
Moments later, Ken Rosenthal confirmed that Cole was headed to the World Champion Astros.
Rosenthal also reported the Pirates are to receive more than the first two players reported, but it the full package was unclear.
It now appears that Jon Morosi's report of a trade on Wednesday was not a "Fake Rumor" as it was categorized by other sources.
Morosi was the first to say a trade was "imminent", but moments later it was reported the deal was not done with even Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow calling it "nothing imminent yet".
Three days later the deal is done.
The Astros beat out the Yankees to Cole, who the "Bronx Bombers" had been going for since 2017, but the Yanks were not interested in trading their top prospects for the right-hander.
Cole would be joining one of baseball's best rotations with Dallas Keuchel, Justin Verlander, and Lance McCullers.
Cole, 27, is entering his second year of arbitration and is under team control for two more seasons before hitting free agency ahead of the 2020 campaign. After debuting in 2013, he has gone 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 8.4 K/9 over 127 starts. He finished fourth in Cy Young voting in 2015, going 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA.
It seems like a very smart move from Astros, as they become the best rotation in MLB in 2018 and also are now prepared for 2019 in case they lose Keuchel to free agency.