The Chicago Cubs have acquired left-hander Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers for several low minor-league prospects, sources told ESPN's Jesse Rogers and Jerry Crasnick, confirming a report by the Dallas Morning News.
Hamels' last start for the Phillies came when he threw a no-hitter against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in July 2015. He is a great competitor and has great stuff. It was his last start for the Phillies before being dealt to the Rangers. And Hamels' strikeout numbers have increased this season as well, missing bats almost 5 percent more often this season compared to 2017.
With Hamels on the roster, the Cubs now have four starting pitchers who have started in a World Series game, those being Hamels, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, and Yu Darvish. Chatwood walked six batters in the Cubs' 7-6 walk-off win over Arizona on Thursday, giving him 85 walks in 94 innings.
Another Major League Baseball pitcher is on the move.
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The addition of Hamels, who is a career 152-111 with a 3.43 ERA, would give the Cubs four left-handed starters - ace Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Hamels and Mike Montgomery, who has been in the rotation for slightly more than two months. He has struggled recently, with a 10.23 ERA in his past five starts.
Largely because of that poor start, the Cubs fell behind in the 75 of 102 games - clinging to first place in the division on the strength of a stout bullpen and the highest-scoring lineup in the league.
Hamels has been in terrible form recently, allowing 25 earned runs in his last 22 innings pitched, raising his ERA to 4.72.
It appears the Cubs will once again look to the Rangers for pitching help.