The Chicago Cubs have just significantly bolstered their pitching rotation, reportedly acquiring pitcher Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers.
Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reported the deal as done on Thursday night. The report says the Cubs will send several low minor-league prospects to Texas, and the Rangers will send a “significant” amount of cash to help cover the rest of Hamels’ salary.
Cole Hamels to the Cubs is done, pending medicals, sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 27, 2018
Hamels has a 5-9 record and a 4.72 ERA in 20 games this season. He has been a strong postseason pitcher over the years, posting a 3.48 ERA and striking out 92 batters in 16 postseason appearances. The Cubs’ major acquisition this offseason, Yu Darvish, has struggled so far this year, Hamels will look to strengthen that rotation.
He is most remembered for helping the Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series in 2008, while also taking home the MVP award. Despite somewhat struggling this season, the Cubs are banking on him turning into his postseason self down the home stretch.