Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Cubs, Rangers Making Progress On Cole Hamels Trade

Cubs, Rangers Making Progress On Cole Hamels Trade

It is not yet known exactly how Cole Hamels will fit in on the Cubs pitching staff, but with Tyler Chatwood's continued control issues and Yu Darvish's health a major question mark, Hamels gives the Cubs another option in the rotation with plenty of experience in a pennant chase and the postseason. "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.

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. 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. Chatwood walked six batters in the Cubs' 7-6 walk-off win over Arizona on Thursday, giving him 85 walks in 94 innings. "He's a great competitor". On July 25, 2015, in his last start for Philadelphia before being traded to the Texas Rangers, Hamels no-hit the Cubs at Wrigley Field. "That was something I wanted to be able to do in Texas, and it didn't happen".

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He has given up 23 homers in 20 starts and has thrown fewer than 100 pitches in eight of his last 10.

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.

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The Cubs are 60-42 this season, sitting in first place of the NL Central. By the end of the day, they had completed the deal for Hamels. Butler has a lifetime 5.71 ERA in the big leagues. He was sidelined for about three months with a groin injury before recently returning.

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