Rangers trade Cole Hamels to Cubs

Arnold Nichols
July 28, 2018

Veteran starter Cole Hamels goes from the Rangers to the Cubs.

Texas will receive minor leaguers in exchange for the southpaw and send "a significant amount of cash to cover Hamels' salary", reports Passan. But the 34-year-old is an experienced playoff performer with a history of success at Wrigley Field.

Hamels is in the midst of perhaps the worst year of his career, going 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts with last-place Texas. For his career, Hamels, a four-time all-star, is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA in October and was the most valuable player of both the NL Championship Series and World Series in 2008 as the ace of the Phillies.

It appears the Cubs will once again look to the Rangers for pitching help. Hamels is due what's left on his $23.5 million salary, plus a $6 million buyout on next year's club option. "I've not liked him for a long time", Maddon cracked. "He's pitched some really big games against teams I've been involved with and he's done really well". He is a great competitor and has great stuff.

The Seattle Mariners bolstered their bullpen by acquiring right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala (3-3, 3.69 ERA in 31 games) from the St. Louis Cardinals for minor-league pitcher Seth Elledge. He made an emergency start for the Rangers at Chicago on May 19, allowing six hits and four runs in 4.2 innings.

Quintana was acquired in a costly trade with the crosstown White Sox last July that included touted prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease. By the end of the day, they had completed the deal for Hamels.

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

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