Rangers Trade Cole Hamels To Cubs

Rangers Trade Cole Hamels To Cubs

Rangers Trade Cole Hamels To Cubs

Perhaps, they are remembering the no-hitter he tossed at Wrigley three years ago.

Hamels is 1-3 in his last five starts, allowing 25 earned runs in 22 innings and raising his ERA from 3.41 to a career-high 4.72.

The Cubs' acquistion of left-hander Cole Hamels from the Rangers became official Friday morning. 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.

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"He has been pretty good", Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Thursday after the team's interest has first been reported. He is a great competitor and has great stuff. He is 1-3 with an 11.12 ERA in four starts in July. "He competes, and he knows what he's doing". 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. His Rangers contract contained a partial no-trade clause, but the Cubs were not among the teams he could block.

Imagine what the NL Central race would look like now if the Cubs had instead signed Miles Mikolas, who reinvented himself in Japan and reemerged as an All-Star and a bright spot in an otherwise dark season for the St. Louis Cardinals. Earlier Thursday, the Brewers made a trade to acquire closer Joakim Soria from the Chicago White Sox, adding him to an already-formidable bullpen. Hamels will likely slide into the Cubs' rotation in place of either Tyler Chatwood or Mike Montgomery. Replacing Chatwood in the rotation is a big help. By the end of the day, they had completed the deal for Hamels.

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