MLB Rumors: Cubs Acquire Pitcher Cole Hamels In Trade With Rangers

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For his career, Hamels, a four-time all-star, is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA in October and was the most valuable player of both the NL Championship Series and World Series in 2008 as the ace of the Phillies. He has struggled recently, with a 10.23 ERA in his past five starts.

In 2015, Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Cubs on July 25th at Wrigley Field.

Hamels has a 4.72 ERA and 2.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 20 starts this season.

"To be able to change kind of the mindset, now to go on a first-place team, there's something inside of you that sparks when you get in those situations", Hamels said at the Rangers ballpark after the trade was announced.

It's worth noting that 16 of his 23 home runs allowed have come at home - that despite throwing almost the same amount of innings. "I've not liked him for a long time", Maddon cracked after Chicago's 7-6 victory over Arizona on Thursday. "He's a great competitor". Hamels played for the Phillies for almost ten seasons until being traded to the Rangers in the middle of the 2015 season.

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"It's always that chase for that World Series, you start realize how hard it is to achieve", Hamels said. He compiled a 3.98 ERA in two seasons in Chicago.

The Yankees were also rumored to be interested in acquiring Hamels before the July 31 trade deadline. Rather, Sherman further tweets that they'd pick up about $4MM of his deal and send secondary prospects to the Rangers in return.

Butler will join the Rangers during their series this weekend in Houston. Butler has a lifetime 5.71 ERA in the big leagues.

The Cubs just activated Butler from the disabled list earlier this week after he had missed three months with a groin injury.