Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Cubs Are Frontrunners To Trade For Cole Hamels

Cubs Are Frontrunners To Trade For Cole Hamels

The Cubs, meantime, had been unable to solve their own rotation woes, with Yu Darvish out of action since late May and Tyler Chatwood seemingly incapable of completing six innings.

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 Cubs are expected to pick up about $5 million of what's left on Hamels' contract for the remainder of this season, according to reports.

But the 34-year-old Hamels is an experienced playoff pitcher with a history of success at Wrigley Field.

"He has pitched in some pretty big games [and] he's done very well", Cubs Manager Joe Maddon told reporters Thursday, as the Hamels talks were heating up.

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Nonetheless, the Cubs certainly appear serious about their intention to acquire Hamels. 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. He is a great competitor and has great stuff.

"It's always that chase for that World Series, you start realize how hard it is to achieve", Hamels said. The San Diego native struck out 13 while pitching a no-hitter at Chicago's iconic ballpark in his final start with the Phillies in 2015.

The Cubs are 60-42 this season, sitting in first place of the NL Central. Darvish is signed through 2023. He is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his last three starts. By the end of the day, they had completed the deal for Hamels.

Butler was out of minor-league options, so his departure clears room on the roster for Hamels immediately.

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