Three years and one day after Cole Hamels no-hit them, breaking their record of 7,920 games without being no-hit, Hamels is now a member of the Chicago Cubs:
Source: Deals is in place to send Cole Hamels to the Chicago Cubs.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) July 27, 2018
Sources: #Cubs moving toward a Cole Hamels deal that would be centered around lower-level minor-league prospects and salary relief for #Rangers. Something to monitor: Class-A Myrtle Beach right-hander Rollie Lacy was scratched from tonight’s start.— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) July 27, 2018
Hamels, who will turn 35 in December, has a 4.72 ERA and 1.373 WHIP in 20 starts with the Rangers this year. That doesn’t look good, but Globe Life Park has been an extreme hitters’ park this year. Hamels, home vs. road:
Home: 6.41 ERA, 1.508 WHIP in 10 starts, 59 innings, 16 home runs allowed
Away: 2.93 ERA, 1.226 WHIP in nine starts, 55⅓ innings, seven home runs allowed
That’s a pretty extreme home/road split, and the Cubs obviously hope Hamels’ road numbers will translate over to pitching in Wrigley Field and against National League opponents.
There’s been no official confirmation from either the Cubs or Rangers, but you’ll note in Patrick Mooney’s tweet that Rollie Lacy was scratched from a start at Myrtle Beach tonight, so it’s possible he’ll be included in this deal.
This deal will give the Cubs three lefthanded starters.
We’ll obviously have much more on this trade Friday. Hamels last pitched July 23 (Monday), so he could be available to start as early as Saturday, if the Cubs want to change around probable starters already listed for the Cardinals series (Jose Quintana is currently scheduled Saturday and Kyle Hendricks Sunday).
Welcome to the Cubs, Cole Hamels. You don’t have to throw a no-hitter... just give us two months’ worth of solid pitching, and some postseason, too.
A reminder that someone will have to be taken off the 40-man roster when Hamels is added, as the 40-man is currently full.
UPDATE: Here are more details on exactly what will be included in this trade.
Just to be clear on whenever Rangers Hamels trade is announced, return will be RHP Rollie Lacy, two other minor leaguers & some transfer of cash (expect Rangers to pay bulk of the $14 mm owed Hamels).— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) July 27, 2018
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