Rangers trade Cole Hamels to Cubs

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The Chicago Cubs have acquired veteran pitcher Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers. Yahoo's Jeff Passan says Texas is sending a "significant amount" of money in the deal to cover Hamels' salary and that they will receive prospects in return. 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.

Three years ago Wednesday, Cole Hamels threw a 13-strikeout, two-walk no-hitter at Wrigley Field in his final start for the Philadelphia Phillies, who traded him later that week to Texas.

The 34-year-old Hamels is 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 20 starts this season.

Hamels is a four-time All-Star and the 2008 World Series MVP.

Another Major League Baseball pitcher is on the move. He has pitched some really big games against teams I have been involved with. "We certainly know that", said Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, adding that the Cubs were one of four teams he had serious discussions about Hamels with on Thursday. It was his last start for the Phillies before being dealt to the Rangers.

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Hamels is owed the remainder of his $22.5 million salary for 2018 and has a $6 million buyout for 2019. "I've not liked him for a long time", Maddon cracked.

The Cubs are 60-42 this season, sitting in first place of the NL Central.

Lacy, 23, was the Cubs' 11th round pick in the 2017 draft.

The Yankees were also rumored to be interested in acquiring Hamels before the July 31 trade deadline.

Hamels has been in awful form recently, allowing 25 earned runs in his last 22 innings pitched, raising his ERA to 4.72.