Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Cubs Are Frontrunners To Trade For Cole Hamels

Cubs Are Frontrunners To Trade For Cole Hamels

Before that, he was actually having a really nice season - 3.61 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 97 strikeouts in 97.1 innings. The Cubs have about $14MM of breathing room beneath the $197MM luxury tax threshold, so taking on roughly $4MM of Hamels' remaining salary would allow them to supplement their rotation while leaving some room for additional acquisitions between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

The Cubs could opt for a six-man rotation - something they've been wanting to do for a while.

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

At this point, the Cubs just need Hamels to not be Tyler Chatwood. The Cubs also received cash consideration from the Rangers.

Around the same time as the Yankees' trade for Happ, Chatwood struggled through another rocky start at Wrigley, walking six Arizona Diamondbacks batters and failing to make it out of the fifth inning; the Cubs bailed him out with a walk-off win on an Anthony Rizzo home run.

"He's been pretty good", Maddon said Thursday of Hamels. "I have not liked him for a long time (as a foe because he was so hard to beat)". "He's a great competitor. He competes, and he knows what he's doing". "So I have to rank him as a pretty competent left-handed pitcher". Butler has a lifetime 5.71 ERA in the big leagues. He is 1-7 with a 6.41 ERA and an opponents' OPS of.911 at the Rangers' hitter-friendly Globe Life Park - and has an extensive postseason pedigree. He was activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday after being sidelined by a right groin strain.

Hamels is 5-9 in 2018 with a 4.72 earned run average.

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

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