The Texas Rangers reportedly have agreed to trade starting pitcher Cole Hamels to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor-league players, per Yahoo! With the Cubs over the last two seasons, he has an ERA of 3.98 in 11 starts and 10 relief appearances. It was the first against the team since September of 1965, now he'll get the chance to help out the Cubs as the go for their fourth-consecutive playoff appearances. Hamels' velocity has bounced back after an alarming downturn early in the season, but he's still been plagued by home runs more so than at any point in his career; thus far, just over one out of five fly-balls allowed by Hamels has resulted in a long ball.
Hamels, who had been scheduled to start for Texas on Saturday in Houston, will instead travel then to join the Cubs for the rest of their series in St. Louis. The lefty said he wasn't sure yet when he would make his first start for Chicago. Chatwood walked six batters in the Cubs' 7-6 walk-off victory over Arizona on Thursday, giving him 85 walks in 94 innings. The four-time All-Star won a World Series with the Phillies in 2008. While they missed out on him in 2015 when he no-hit the Cubs at Wrigley Field, they were able to win the sweepstakes this time around.
The Rangers clinched the AL West title on the final day of the 2015 regular season when Hamels threw a three-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels. While Hamels has a 20-team no-trade clause, the Cubs are not on that list.
"It's always that chase for that World Series, you start realize how hard it is to achieve", Hamels said.
Hamels is also 1-7 with a 6.41 ERA and 1.51 WHIP at home this season while pitching in a hitter's paradise in Arlington.