The Pittsburgh Pirates have finally made a decision to move on from Gerrit Cole after trading the right-handed pitcher to the Houston Astros on Saturday. Martin probably will be assigned to Double-A Altoona.
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Cole probably is only the first domino to fall for the Pirates, who have triggered another roster retooling phase.
Cole made 33 starts for the Pirates last season after missing time in 2016 due to elbow troubles.
With 2015 No. 2 overall draft pick Alex Bregman representing the future at third base for the defending world champions, this trade should provide Moran a chance to blossom into a full-time major league player. Over the past two years, he's played in a total of 16 games with the Astros. In 338 plate appearances, he hit 18 homers with 31 walks and 55 strikeouts. He was the No. 6 overall pick of the Marlins in 2013.
Feliz, 24, has appeared in 98 games over the past three seasons. When they couldn't work out a deal with the Pirates, the Astros instead got Justin Verlander. Now they'll have to pivot if they want to add another starting pitcher.
Cole is in his second year of arbitration eligibility, and players and management are set to swap salary figures Friday.
Cole has been the Pirates ace for the past several seasons.
Cole, 27, is coming off a down season in which he posted a career-worst 4.26 ERA, but he is under team control for two more seasons. With the Astros, Cole has a potent lineup with Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa leading the way and he can safely slot into the No. 3 spot in the rotation.