LEADING OFF: Hamels to Cubs, Escobar to Diamondbacks

Jul 29, 2018, 04:44
LEADING OFF: Hamels to Cubs, Escobar to Diamondbacks

The teams had agreed to the trade Thursday, pending physicals for the players involved.

Hamels, 34, is 5-9 this season with a career-high 4.72 ERA in 20 starts.

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The Chicago Cubs have traded for Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels.

The 34-year-old was drafted by the Phillies in the first round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft and debuted with Philadelphia in 2006. Butler, 27, is 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA in eight appearances for the Cubs this season and 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA in five starts at Triple-A Iowa.

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Around the same time as the Yankees' trade for Happ, Chatwood struggled through another rocky start at Wrigley, walking six Arizona Diamondbacks batters and failing to make it out of the fifth inning; the Cubs bailed him out with a walk-off win on an Anthony Rizzo home run.

The Cubs will now add Hamels to a rotation that includes Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks, Yu Darvish (when healthy), and Tyler Chatwood. Among starting pitchers with at least 90 innings this year, Chatwood's 19.4% walk rate leads the league ... by almost SIX PERCENTAGE POINTS. It was his last start for the Phillies before being dealt to the Rangers.

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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. "It's always that chase for that World Series, you start [to] realize how hard it is to achieve, " Hamels said. "Going to Chicago, set up pretty nicely to be able to do so, I'm really excited to just kind of move right in and be a part of that".

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