Chicago Cubs acquire lefty Cole Hamels in trade with Texas Rangers

The 34-year-old was drafted by the Phillies in the first round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft and debuted with Philadelphia in 2006.

The 34-year-old pitcher had been tied to the Cubs in trade talks recently, so this outcome is not surprising. He's also pitched terribly of late, but again, most of those starts have taken place in Arlington. He is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA in 16 career postseason starts. "He competes, and he knows what he's doing". His Rangers contract contained a partial no-trade clause, but the Cubs were not among the teams he could block. He has a $20 million team option in 2019, with a $6 million buyout.

Hamels has made six starts at Wrigley, where he's 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA. Among starting pitchers with at least 90 innings this year, Chatwood's 19.4% walk rate leads the league ... by almost SIX PERCENTAGE POINTS.

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The Cubs haven't had the best of luck with high-profile free-agent signing Yu Darvish this offseason, but they could get a steal in his former teammate, Hamels, should they fix the kink in his form. In addition, both Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana, holdovers from the 2017 rotation that helped carry the Cubs to the NLCS, have regressed. The teams had agreed to the trade Thursday, pending physicals for the players involved.

It's worth noting that 16 of his 23 home runs allowed have come at home - that despite throwing almost the same amount of innings. By the end of the day, they had completed the deal for Hamels.

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