Cubs trade for 4-time All-Star pitcher

Cole Hamels

The Cubs have traded with the Rangers for veteran lefty Cole Hamels pending medical reports.

The trade was reported yesterday, and Cole Hamels gave his now-former Rangers teammates hugs as he left the ballpark during the game against the A's, but now the Cole Hamels trade is official.

As part of the deal, Texas will send Chicago $2,862,903 (all dollars U.S.) to cover a portion of the $7,862,903 remaining in Hamels' $22.5-million salary this year. At Wrigley Field, he has a 3-1 record with 1.76 ERA in six career starts including a no-hitter in 2015.

And although the lefty is 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA through 20 starts this season, he brings a veteran presence and another arm for what could be a deep playoff run for Chicago. But the 34-year-old Hamels is an experienced postseason pitcher - he was the NL Championship Series and World Series MVP when Philadelphia won the title in 2008.

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It appears the Cubs will once again look to the Rangers for pitching help. He has pitched some really big games against teams I have been involved with. He is a great competitor and has great stuff. Among starting pitchers with at least 90 innings this year, Chatwood's 19.4% walk rate leads the league ... by almost SIX PERCENTAGE POINTS. Chatwood walked six batters in the Cubs' 7-6 walk-off victory over Arizona on Thursday, giving him 85 walks in 94 innings.

Butler, 27, had a 4.08 ERA in eight relief appearances this season.

Quintana was acquired in a costly trade with the crosstown White Sox last July that included touted prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease.

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