After sources reported that Gerrit Cole was traded to the Houston Astros on Wednesday, it appears the trade is done today. According to multiple sources, the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired right-handed pitcher Joe Musgrove and third baseman Colin Moran from the Astros for Cole. Moran is the 5th best prospect for the Astros according to MLB Pipeline, while the 25-year-old Musgrove has two seasons of big league experience, splitting his time between starting and relief. Jon Heyman is reporting that there could be more in the deal for the Pirates, though no details yet except he believes two more names are to be announced. Heyman notes that Musgrove and Moran are believed to be the biggest pieces. More on this shortly.
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