The Chicago Cubs have acquired veteran pitcher Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers. The Cubs are expected to provide the Rangers only secondary prospects and take on roughly $4 million of the $14.2 million-ish Hamels is owed between the rest of his salary this year and a $6 million buyout on his 2019 contract.
Texas will receive minor leaguers in exchange for the southpaw and send "a significant amount of cash to cover Hamels' salary", reports Passan. With the Cubs over the last two seasons, he has an ERA of 3.98 in 11 starts and 10 relief appearances.
Three years ago Wednesday, Cole Hamels threw a 13-strikeout, two-walk no-hitter at Wrigley Field in his final start for the Philadelphia Phillies, who traded him later that week to Texas.
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The 34-year old has had a rough season with a 5-9 record with a 4.72 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. For his career, Hamels, a four-time all-star, is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA in October and was the most valuable player of both the NL Championship Series and World Series in 2008 as the ace of the Phillies.
"He has been pretty good", Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Thursday after the team's interest has first been reported. "He's a great competitor. He competes, and he knows what he's doing".
After committing $215 million to free-agent pitchers last offseason - on top of already guaranteeing Jon Lester's $155 million megadeal and flipping elite prospect Eloy Jiménez to the White Sox in. Replacing Chatwood in the rotation is a big help. The Cubs stepped up their efforts on Thursday after losing out on lefty J.A. Happ, who was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Yankees. By the end of the day, they had completed the deal for Hamels.