Cubs acquire lefty Cole Hamels in trade with Rangers

28 July, 2018, 03:58 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Texas Rangers Starting Pitcher Cole Hamels

This season, the lefty has a 4.72 ERA with 114 strikeouts in 114.1 innings pitched.

Besides, the price is apparently right. With the Cubs over the last two seasons, he has an ERA of 3.98 in 11 starts and 10 relief appearances.

Hamels also has to be more reliable than Yu Darvish, who's slowly rebooting his rehab process and looking more like a September call-up than a pitcher the Cubs are actually counting on this year.

The Chicago Cubs are gambling a change of scenery and a pennant race will help Cole Hamels return to form. The four-time All-Star won a World Series with the Phillies in 2008. The Cubs have about $14MM of breathing room beneath the $197MM luxury tax threshold, so taking on roughly $4MM of Hamels' remaining salary would allow them to supplement their rotation while leaving some room for additional acquisitions between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.


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.

"He has pitched in some pretty big games [and] he's done very well", Cubs Manager Joe Maddon told reporters Thursday, as the Hamels talks were heating up.

At this point, the Cubs just need Hamels to not be Tyler Chatwood. He is a great competitor and has great stuff. He has given up 16 home runs over 59 innings at home and 7 home runs over 55 1/3 innings on the road. He competes and knows what he is doing out there.

The Cubs are 60-42 this season, sitting in first place of the NL Central. Lacy, an 11th-round pick in last year's draft out of Creighton, was assigned to Class A Down East. Butler is 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA in eight appearances this year.

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