The Chicago Cubs have acquired Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers for a group on minor league prospects, according to sources. The teams had agreed to the trade Thursday, pending physicals for the players involved.
Butler, 27, had a 4.08 ERA in eight relief appearances this season. He has given up 16 home runs over 59 innings at home and 7 home runs over 55 1/3 innings on the road.
Hamels, who had been scheduled to start for Texas on Saturday in Houston, will instead travel then to join the Cubs for the rest of their series in St. Louis. It was the first against the team since September of 1965, now he'll get the chance to help out the Cubs as the go for their fourth-consecutive playoff appearances.
Combined with the remaining salary of his $20 million this season, Hamels still has a $20 million option for 2019, that includes a $6 million buyout. The lefty said he wasn't sure yet when he would make his first start for Chicago.
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At minimum, he gives them additional rotation depth to use while Yu Darvish is out injured and Tyler Chatwood is busy walking the world. "I've not liked him for a long time", Maddon cracked after Chicago's 7-6 victory over Arizona on Thursday.
In Hamels, the Cubs are getting a former NLCS and World Series MVP (2008) and four-time All-Star who has finished in the Top 10 in NL Cy Young voting four times. Hamels played for the Phillies for almost ten seasons until being traded to the Rangers in the middle of the 2015 season.
You don't need to do a deep dive to understand why the Cubs traded for Cole Hamels. "That was something I wanted to be able to do in Texas, and it didn't happen".
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.