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MLB Rumors: Cubs Acquire Pitcher Cole Hamels In Trade With Rangers

MLB Rumors: Cubs Acquire Pitcher Cole Hamels In Trade With Rangers

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.

The deal is pending physicals for all players involved. In order to cover the salary of Hamels, Passan notes Texas also will send a "significant amount of cash".

The dream was alive and well then, and Hamels hoisted it onto his shoulders as the Rangers went 10-2 in Hamels' 12 starts as a Ranger that season and overtook the Astros to win the AL West.

Hamels, 34, has a 5-9 record and a 4.72 ERA this season, but has been much better on the road - and away from hitter-friendly Texas - where he has a 2.93 ERA.

Hamels is a four-time All-Star and the 2008 World Series MVP. "He competes, and he knows what he's doing".

Hamels is earning $22.5MM in 2018 and is still owed about $7.98MM of that sum through season's end, plus at least a $6MM buyout on his $20MM option for the 2019 season. Darvish and Chatwood were the centerpieces of the Cubs' offseason, as the two free agent signees cost a total of $164 million.

It appears the Cubs will once again look to the Rangers for pitching help.

The Cubs had stepped up their efforts earlier on Thursday after losing out on lefty J.A. Happ, who was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Yankees.

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

The Cubs apparently had seen enough.

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