Chicago Cubs acquire lefty Cole Hamels in trade with Texas Rangers

Ruben Holloway
July 28, 2018

Hamels carried a 3.61 ERA at the end of June, before a rough July (1-3, 11.12 ERA) sent his ERA climbing and his price dropping.

If the Cubs do trade for Hamels. they just need quality starts from him and provide some insurance if Yu Darvish isn't able to contribute this year.

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Hamels has $10 million remaining on his salary this year. On Thursday, days out from another trade deadline, the Chicago Cubs brought Hamels back to Wrigley - where they will lean on the veteran lefty to help lock down the National League Central title and carry them deep into October. "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. The Cubs also received cash considerations from the Rangers.

It's worth noting that 16 of his 23 home runs allowed have come at home - that despite throwing almost the same amount of innings. He's pitched some really big games against teams I've been involved with and has done really well. He is a great competitor and has great stuff. He is 1-7 with a 6.41 ERA and an opponents' OPS of.911 at the Rangers' hitter-friendly Globe Life Park - and has an extensive postseason pedigree. The San Diego native struck out 13 while pitching a no-hitter at Chicago's iconic ballpark in his final start with the Phillies in 2015. Lacy, 23, is 5-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 18 appearances (12 starts) in two levels of the Cubs' system. He was sidelined for about three months with a groin injury before recently returning.

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Butler was out of minor-league options, so his departure clears room on the roster for Hamels immediately.

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