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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Houston Astros Acquire Gerrit Cole

Reigning World Series champs get better, Cardinals interest in Colome was overstated, and a former baseball prospect is heading for the WWE

St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

The reigning World Series champions just got even better as they added the ace of the Pittsburgh Pirates rotation, Gerrit Cole, to their already solid staff.

Last week, it was reported that the deal had already been finished, but those talks were premature. It took several more days for things to actually finalize as the Astros sent OF Jason Martin, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Michael Feliz, and 3B Colin Moran to the Pirates to complete the deal.

In Rays news, they avoided arbitration with seven of their nine eligible players. Adeiny Hechavarria and Jake Odorizzi were the two who the team couldn’t settle with. The arbitration cases will take place sometime in February.