Rangers trade Cole Hamels to Cubs

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With Hamels on the roster, the Cubs now have four starting pitchers who have started in a World Series game, those being Hamels, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, and Yu Darvish.

So goes the saga of Cole Hamels, Texas Ranger.

The teams agreed to the trade Thursday, pending physicals for the players involved, the sources said.

The veteran lefty's main issue has been keeping the ball inside the park with a home run/fly ball rate double the league average and a groundball rate that is roughly 4 percent lower this season, as Hamels hasn't been able to induce the soft contact he's thrived on for 13 seasons.

Combined with the remaining salary of his $20 million this season, Hamels still has a $20 million option for 2019, that includes a $6 million buyout. "He's a great competitor". The pitchers were Rangers teammates before Darvish was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers and later signed by the Cubs.

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Butler, 27, had a 4.08 ERA in eight relief appearances this season. Earlier Thursday, the Brewers made a trade to acquire closer Joakim Soria from the Chicago White Sox, adding him to an already-formidable bullpen.

Around the same time as the Yankees' trade for Happ, Chatwood struggled through another rocky start at Wrigley, walking six Arizona Diamondbacks batters and failing to make it out of the fifth inning; the Cubs bailed him out with a walk-off win on an Anthony Rizzo home run.

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

The Cubs apparently had seen enough.

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