The Cubs officially announced Friday their acquisition of four-time All-Star left-hander Cole Hamels from the Rangers - with a few twists.
Hamels carried a 3.61 ERA at the end of June, before a rough July (1-3, 11.12 ERA) sent his ERA climbing and his price dropping.
Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 25, 2015.
The 34-year old has had a rough season with a 5-9 record with a 4.72 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. "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.
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The Seattle Mariners bolstered their bullpen by acquiring right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala (3-3, 3.69 ERA in 31 games) from the St. Louis Cardinals for minor-league pitcher Seth Elledge.
The Chicago Cubs have found that veteran starter that they hope will give them some help down the stretch in 2018. The Rangers will pick up $5 million of what's left on Hamels' $22.5 million salary for this year plus the $6 million buyout on his 2019 option. Chatwood walked six batters in the Cubs' 7-6 walk-off victory over Arizona on Thursday, giving him 85 walks in 94 innings.
In his last home start for Texas before the deadline, Hamels allowed seven runs on Monday night against Oakland.
The deal for Hamels is their second trade with Texas in the past couple weeks.
Hamels has been in awful form recently, allowing 25 earned runs in his last 22 innings pitched, raising his ERA to 4.72.