The Astros have acquired right-hander Gerrit Cole from the Pirates, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand on Saturday. Tim Brown of Yahoo! was the first to report a deal was imminent.
The clubs have not confirmed the deal. The full trade is yet to be revealed but will center on sending right-hander Joe Musgrove and third baseman Colin Moran to Pittsburgh. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported that the Pirates will get two more players.
Cole, 27, finished fourth in the 2015 National League Cy Young Award voting and is coming off a season in which he posted the highest ERA (4.26) of his Major League career.
Cole was the Astros’ top target last summer, and they turned to Justin Verlander when they couldn’t swing a trade for Cole.