Cubs trade for 4-time All-Star pitcher

Reports: Rangers Trading Cole Hamels To Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have acquired veteran pitcher Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers.

Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 23, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.

Texas will receive minor leaguers in exchange for the southpaw and send "a significant amount of cash to cover Hamels' salary", reports Passan. Maybe the Cubs will catch lightning in a bottle with Hamels leaving a hitter-friendly ballpark, facing National League lineups and feeling the adrenaline rush of the playoff chase.

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Hamels is a four-time All-Star and the 2008 World Series MVP.

It appears the Cubs will once again look to the Rangers for pitching help. He has a $20 million team option for 2019, with a $6 million buyout. He has pitched some really big games against teams I have been involved with. "But he just competes and he knows what he's doing out there, so I'd have to rank him as a pretty competent major league left-handed pitcher". He made an emergency start for the Rangers at Chicago on May 19, allowing six hits and four runs in 4.2 innings.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was in Tampa Bay's dugout when Hamels led the Phillies past the Rays for the championship 10 years ago.

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The Cubs are 60-42 this season, sitting in first place of the NL Central. Chatwood walked six batters in the Cubs' 7-6 walk-off victory over Arizona on Thursday, giving him 85 walks in 94 innings.

Hamels has been in awful form recently, allowing 25 earned runs in his last 22 innings pitched, raising his ERA to 4.72.

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