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Rangers trade Cole Hamels to Cubs

Initial reports surfaced on Thursday that the Chicago Cubs were front-runners for starting pitcher Cole Hamels. The Chicago Cubs have now reportedly agreed to a deal with the Texas Rangers to land the All-Star pitcher.

For Chicago, they are likely hoping for far greater from the 34-year-old than his current numbers. In 20 starts, he recorded a  4.72 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.


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However, Chicago could look at a move away from Texas as a major turning point for the veteran. In 10 starts outside of Globe Life Park in Arlington this season with a 2.93 ERA and .222 batting average.


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It could provide a reason for hope, especially with the belief that being thrust into a playoff race could inject a little more energy into Hamels on the mound.

Hamels has a $20M team option for the 2019 season, but Chicago will likely exercise the $6 million opt-out clause.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Texas will send a significant amount of cash to help offset some of the money remaining on Hamels’ contract.

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