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MLB notes: Astros get Cole from Pirates; reliever Reed signs with Twins

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Cole fire: Astros heat up hot stove by acquiring Pirates ace

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit. The Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Cole from the Pirates in a five-player trade. The deal was announced Saturday, Jan. 13. The Pirates got right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin for their ace. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

The World Series champion Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade.

The deal was announced Saturday. The Pirates got righthanders Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin for their ace.

Cole will join former Cy Young Award winners Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander on a team that just won its first championship.

Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA last season. The 27-year-old righty was the overall No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft and a 2015 All-Star with the Pirates.

The New York Yankees had been among the teams mentioned in recent trade speculation involving Cole. There hadn’t been a lot of movement this winter, but this deal could get things moving.

Addison Reed signs with Twins • The Minnesota Twins added a third free-agent relief pitcher on Saturday, according to published reports, adding needed depth to one of the team’s weaknesses from last season.

Addison Reed, a 29-year-old righthander who has struck out 425 hitters in 402 career innings, has agreed to a two-year contract, a major league baseball source confirmed. The contract is pending a physical, according to a report from FoxSports’ Ken Rosenthal. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports said the deal was for two years and $16.75 million.

The Cardinals were among the other teams known to have had interest in signing Reed. 

Reed, a third-round pick of the White Sox in the 2010 draft, was a teammate of Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg at San Diego State, and has pitched for four major-league teams in his seven-year career. He has served as a closer several times in his career, and has posted at least 19 saves in four different seasons, including a career-high 40 saves in 48 opportunities for the White Sox in 2013. He figures to open the season as one of the primary setup relievers behind new closer Fernando Rodney, who signed a one-year free-agent contract with the Twins in December.

Reed, who has also pitched for the Diamondbacks, Mets and Red Sox, has a career 9.5 strikeout per nine innings average, but has had occasional problems with home runs; in 2017, he surrendered 11 homers in 76 total innings with the Mets and Red Sox.

Other news • Outfielder-first baseman Scott Van Slyke (John Burroughs School) signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins after spending the past six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... All-Star closer Brad Hand and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a three-year contraction extension reportedly worth $19.75 million.

Associated Press

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