Rangers trade Cole Hamels to Cubs

Reports: Rangers Trading Cole Hamels To Cubs

The Cubs have traded with the Rangers for veteran lefty Cole Hamels pending medical reports.

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

Jurado, 22, was 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA at Frisco.

Hamels is 152-111 in his career with a 3.43 ERA in 383 games with the Rangers and Phillies, and he's 7-6 with a 3.48 postseason ERA.

Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 23, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. "I have not liked him for a long time (as a foe because he was so hard to beat)".

"It's always that chase for that World Series, you start realize how hard it is to achieve", Hamels said. It was his last start for the Phillies before being dealt to the Rangers. He was traded to Texas six days later.

The Cubs are 60-42 this season, sitting in first place of the NL Central.

Yu Darvish, who signed a $126 million, six-year contract in February, is on the disabled list with a right elbow impingement and inflammation, and it's unclear when he might return. He's an arm who can eat some innings I suppose. He is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his last three starts.

The Yankees were also rumored to be interested in acquiring Hamels before the July 31 trade deadline. The Cubs referenced that no-hitter in a tweet after the trade was announced.

The deal for Hamels is their second trade with Texas in the past couple weeks.

Butler, 27, was out of minor-league options.

He has been pretty bad in his last seven starts with a 2-3 record and 6.69 ERA.

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