Cubs Acquire Lefty Cole Hamels In Trade With Rangers

The Chicago Cubs have acquired left-hander Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers for several low minor-league prospects, according to ESPN.

The teams agreed to the trade last night and will be finalized today pending physicals for the players involved.

The Cubs moved quickly after losing put on their bid to grab lefty J.A. Happ, who was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Yankees because the Yankees can pretty much afford to buy the space shuttle if they needed it.

But the cubs still fared well, grabbing the 34-year-old Hamels who—despite his 5-9 record and a 4.72 ERA this season—put up numbers while pitching in a very hitter friendly Rangers stadium.

Away from that stadium he has been very effective with a 2.93 ERA and not allowing as many longballs. He's given up 16 home runs over 59 innings at home and 7 home runs over 55 1/3 innings on the road.

Oh and one place he really shines? His new home park, Wrigley Field—where he is 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA over six starts.

Hamels will likely slide into the Cubs' rotation in place of either Tyler Chatwood or Mike Montgomery.

A four-time All-Star, Hamels is 152-111 with a 3.43 ERA in his 14th season in the league. He played for the Phillies from 2006 to 2015 and won a World Series, a World Series MVP and an NLCS MVP with them in 2008. On July 25, 2015, in his last start for Philadelphia before being traded to the Texas Rangers, Hamels no-hit the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Source: ESPN

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