In a move that happened awfully fast, the Chicago Cubs acquired left-handed starting pitcher Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers on Thursday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News confirmed. The Rangers will receive minor league right-hander Rollie Lacy and a player to be named later for Hamels.
In addition to J.A. Happ, who was traded this morning, Hamels was one of the few quality arms likely to be moved before the July 31st deadline. It has been expected that the Rangers would ultimately make the move to trade him, and that came to fruition today in their deal with the Cubs. Also showing interest in Hamels throughout the month were the Yankees, Mariners, Phillies, Braves and Nationals.
Cubs starters this season have been among the worst in the major leagues, even as the team has built a three-game lead in the NL Central. The group’s 98 ERA- ranks 13th in baseball, yet their peripherals suggest that they are outperforming what would be expected, with a 115 FIP-, ranking 25th in the game. So, while the team’s rotation has not hit regression quite yet, it was clear that an upgrade was necessary to alleviate any future issues.
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