MLB Rumors: Cubs Acquire Pitcher Cole Hamels In Trade With Rangers

Mae Harvey
July 28, 2018

The Rangers have reportedly traded All-Star lefthanded pitcher Cole Hamels to the Cubs, pending a physical, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

The Rangers clinched the AL West title on the final day of the 2015 regular season when Hamels threw a three-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels. The deal, which would also include the Rangers sending cash to offset part of the $10 million in 2018 salary still owed to Hamels, was unofficial pending medical information. Butler, 27, is 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA in eight appearances for the Cubs this season and 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA in five starts at Triple-A Iowa.

But the 34-year-old Hamels is an experienced playoff pitcher with a history of success at Wrigley Field.

Hamels has a 4.72 ERA and 2.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 20 starts this season. Which will nearly certainly be bought out given that the option would pay Hamels $20 million next year. "We certainly know that", said Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, adding that the Cubs were one of four teams he had serious discussions about Hamels with on Thursday. He has pitched some really big games against teams I have been involved with. "I've not liked him for a long time", Maddon cracked.

Another Major League Baseball pitcher is on the move.

Around the same time as the Yankees' trade for Happ, Chatwood struggled through another rocky start at Wrigley, walking six Arizona Diamondbacks batters and failing to make it out of the fifth inning; the Cubs bailed him out with a walk-off win on an Anthony Rizzo home run.

He has been pretty bad in his last seven starts with a 2-3 record and 6.69 ERA.

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