Chicago Cubs acquire lefty Cole Hamels in trade with Texas Rangers

Chicago Cubs acquire lefty Cole Hamels in trade with Texas Rangers

Hamels is also 1-7 with a 6.41 ERA and 1.51 WHIP at home this season while pitching in a hitter's paradise in Arlington.

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.

In 2015, Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Cubs on July 25th at Wrigley Field.

Hamels has $10 million remaining on his salary this 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.

Hamels has pitched some big games against Joe Maddon's teams, including the 2008 World Series against Maddon's Tampa Bay Rays in which the southpaw allowed only 4 runs in 13 innings across 2 starts.

The Cubs reportedly struck a deal with the Rangers to acquire Hamels, 34, for low-level minor-leaguers. He's a great competitor, got good stuff. He has made 12 starts and six relief appearances in 2018, posting a 2.45 ERA with 94 strikeouts and 24 walks in 80.2 innings in low-A and high-A combined. The Cubs, however, don't appear to be discussing the possibility of taking on all of that almost $14MM commitment.

Hamels is earning $22.5MM in 2018 and is still owed about $7.98MM of that sum through season's end, plus at least a $6MM buyout on his $20MM option for the 2019 season.

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.

The deal for Hamels is their second trade with Texas in the past couple weeks.

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