Cubs reportedly have a deal in place with the Rangers for LHP Cole Hamels
According to multiple reports, the Cubs have acquired LHP Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers for minor leaguers. The Cubs have not confirmed the reports. The two teams are believed to be reviewing medicals on the players involved in the deal.
Reportedly the Cubs will also receive “a significant amount of cash” to cover the remainder of Hamels’ salary, that includes an option for the 2019 season.
Hamels is owed $7.9 million on his $22.5 million salary for this season. Hamels has a $6 million buyout on a $20 million club option for 2019.
Hamels, 34, is 5-9 in 20 starts for the Rangers this year with a 4.72 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. Hamels has allowed 70 runs, 60 earned, on 115 hits with 42 walks and 114 strikeouts in 114 1/3 innings.
The Cubs tried to trade for Hamels when he was with the Phillies during the 2015 season. Hamels was dealt to Texas and has pitched for the Rangers for the last three-plus seasons.