The Rangers have reportedly traded All-Star lefthanded pitcher Cole Hamels to the Cubs, pending a physical, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The Rangers will receive right-hander Eddie Butler, right-handed prospect Rollie Lacy, and a player to be named in return.
Hamels has a 4.72 ERA and 2.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 20 starts this season. Butler, 27, is 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA in eight appearances for the Cubs this season and 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA in five starts at Triple-A Iowa.
He was the National League Championship Series and World Series MVP when Philadelphia won the title in 2008, and is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA in 16 career post-season starts.
The trade was reported yesterday, and Cole Hamels gave his now-former Rangers teammates hugs as he left the ballpark during the game against the A's, but now the Cole Hamels trade is official. "I've not liked him for a long time", Maddon cracked.
"It's always that chase for that World Series, you start realize how hard it is to achieve", Hamels said.
Hamels is 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA in six career starts at Wrigley.
The Cubs are 60-42 this season, sitting in first place of the NL Central. He's an arm who can eat some innings I suppose.
In his last home start for Texas before the deadline, Hamels allowed seven runs on Monday night against Oakland. By the end of the day, they had completed the deal for Hamels.
Butler will join the Rangers during their series this weekend in Houston. He's also pitched terribly of late, but again, most of those starts have taken place in Arlington.