Texas Rangers trade Cole Hamels to Chicago Cubs

28 July, 2018, 18:24 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Reports: Rangers Trading Cole Hamels To Cubs

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 Cubs' acquistion of left-hander Cole Hamels from the Rangers became official Friday morning. Those numbers have been hurt by a bad July for Hamels, who is 1-3 with a 11.12 ERA in four starts after carrying a 3.61 ERA into the month. But the 34-year-old is an experienced playoff performer with a history of success at Wrigley Field. He played for the Phillies from 2006 to 2015 and won a World Series, a World Series MVP and an NLCS MVP with them in 2008.

It appears the Cubs will once again look to the Rangers for pitching help.

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Hamels has $10 million remaining on his salary this year. If the Cubs decline his $19-million option for 2019 and pay a $6-million buyout, the Rangers would also pay the Cubs an additional $6 million. "I have to rank him as a pretty competent left-handed pitcher". He has pitched some really big games against teams I have been involved with.

Following a walk-off win Thursday, the Cubs (59-42) boasted the best record in the NL and held a 2½ -game lead in the Central over the Milwaukee Brewers, who had been in first place for most of the past two months until the Cubs caught and passed them two weeks ago. Chatwood walked six batters in the Cubs' 7-6 walk-off victory over Arizona on Thursday, giving him 85 walks in 94 innings. By the end of the day, they had completed the deal for Hamels.

Butler, 27, had a 4.08 ERA in eight relief appearances this season.

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