Cubs acquire lefty Cole Hamels in trade with Rangers

Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to trade for Texas Rangers southpaw Cole Hamels.

The Cubs increased their efforts to acquire Hamels after the Toronto Blue Jays sent J.A. Happ to the New York Yankees. Merely moving to a team in the midst of a pennant race that will be playing in packed houses in front of hungry, raucous fans for the next two-plus months theoretically could help Hamels improve upon the 4.72 ERA he posted in his first 20 starts of the 2018 season.

It was the third time in four July games he allowed seven runs, including at Baltimore when he got only two outs on 41 pitches on a day four runs were unearned.

In 2015, Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Cubs on July 25th at Wrigley Field. The lefty said he wasn't sure yet when he would make his first start for Chicago.

Yu Darvish is unlikely to return from the DL before mid-August and Tyler Chatwood's control problems persisted Thursday (he has 85 walks in 94 innings this season). priority would be getting Luke Farrell out of the rotation and Hamels would be an upgrade there. He's also pitched terribly of late, but again, most of those starts have taken place in Arlington. "It's always that chase for that World Series, you start [to] realize how hard it is to achieve, " Hamels said. The Cubs emptied their once rich farm system on the way to three straight NLCS appearances and a historic championship in 2016, hurting their chances of making a major trade this year. "That was something I wanted to be able to do in Texas, and it didn't happen".

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