REPORT: Cubs trade for 4-time All-Star pitcher
|Thursday, July 26, 2018, 9:01 PM- -|
The Chicago Cubs have found that veteran starter that they hope will give them some help down the stretch in 2018.
The Cubs have traded with the Rangers for veteran lefty Cole Hamels pending medical reports. Some low-level prospects and significant cash considerations are expected to return to the Rangers in the deal. No official word yet from either team until the medical details are finalized.
Class-A Myrtle Beach starter Rollie Lacy was scratched during today's game so he might be part of the package of prospects.
Earlier in the day, the Cubs tried to make a play for starter J.A. Happ but the Yankees won out for the veteran starter.
Hamels has a guaranteed salary of $22.5 million this season ($7.98 million left to pay) and a salary of $20 million with a $6 million buyout in 2019.
The 34-year old has had a rough season with a 5-9 record with a 4.72 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. On the road, he has 2.93 ERA this season.
He has been pretty awful in his last seven starts with a 2-3 record and 6.69 ERA. At Wrigley Field, he has a 3-1 record with 1.76 ERA in six career starts including a no-hitter in 2015.
If he is healthy, he could be a guy that should up eat some innings for a tired bullpen and possibly give them some decent veteran starts down the stretch and even in the playoffs.
For his career, he has a 152-111 record with an impressive 3.43 ERA and 2341 strikeouts.
Hamels 10.23 ERA in last five starts, but one rival exec says stuff in those games was essential same as it was in first 15 starts, when his ERA was 3.41. Source confirms deal to #Cubs is in place, pending medicals. First to report: @Evan_P_Grant.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2018
Cole Hamels is being traded to the #Cubs for low level prospects. The deal is done— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 27, 2018
Sources: The Chicago Cubs have a deal to acquire Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers, who will receive minor leaguers in return. Texas sending a significant amount of cash to cover Hamels’ salary. Hamels gives the Cubs rotation depth and an October-tested veteran arm.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 27, 2018
Hamels will be a Cub. Finalizing details. They are on his pre-approved list. @Evan_P_Grant 1st to say— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 27, 2018