The Chicago Cubs have taken on left-handed Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers for several low-margin candidates, sources told ESPNs Jesse Rogers and Jerry Crasnick and confirmed a Dallas Morning News report.
The teams agreed to trade on Thursday, pending physical work for the players involved, sources said.
The Cubs had intensified their efforts on Thursday after losing the left-wing JA Happ, who was traded to the New York Yankees by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hamels, 34, has a 5-9 record and a 4.72 ERA this season, but was far better off – and away from the Texas thug – where he has a 2.93 ERA. He has given up 16 home runs over 59 innings at home and 7 homers over 55 1
Hamels would likely slip into the rotation of the Cubs instead of Tyler Chatwood or Mike Montgomery. Chatwood went down six balls on Thursday's Cubs 6/6 walk-off victory over Arizona and gave him 85 walks in 94 innings.
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 in 2008 a World Series, a World Series MVP and an NLCS MVP. On July 25, 2015, in his last start for Philadelphia, before being traded to the Texas Rangers, Hamels No (19659002) Hamels has made six starts in Wrigley, where he has 3-1 with 1.76 ERA.