Rangers Trading Cole Hamels To Cubs

Cubs May Not Be Done Making Moves Before Trade Deadline
     
     
       By Aldo Soto-        Jul 27 2018       4322

While Wrigley Field isn't exactly a pitcher's paradise, no stadium in baseball has been more conducive to home runs thus far in 2018 than Hamels' current home of Globe Life Park in Arlington, per ESPN's park factors.

Hamels is owed the remainder of his $22.5 million salary for 2018 and has a $6 million buyout for 2019. "He's pitched some really big games against teams I've been involved with and he's done really well".

The trade was reported yesterday, and Cole Hamels gave his now-former Rangers teammates hugs as he left the ballpark during the game against the A's, but now the Cole Hamels trade is official. Texas won the division again in 2016, but both times lost to Toronto in the AL Division Series.

Hamels has made six starts at Wrigley, where he's 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA.

"It's always that chase for that World Series, you start realize how hard it is to achieve", Hamels said.

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He has given up 23 homers in 20 starts and has thrown fewer than 100 pitches in eight of his last 10. He was traded to Texas six days later. All-Star Jon Lester and Mike Montgomery, who began the year in the bullpen, have been their most consistent performers. Darvish is signed through 2023. He's an arm who can eat some innings I suppose. Lacy, 23, is 5-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 18 appearances (12 starts) in two levels of the Cubs' system.

The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is next Tuesday July 31.

Butler will join the Rangers' roster. He was activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday after being sidelined by a right groin strain.

Butler was out of minor-league options, so his departure clears room on the roster for Hamels immediately.

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