Rangers send Cole Hamels to Cubs in trade

The Rangers traded left-hander Cole Hamels to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday for prospects

The Rangers traded left-hander Cole Hamels to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday for prospects

Veteran starter Cole Hamels goes from the Rangers to the Cubs. The Rangers will receive right-hander Eddie Butler, right-handed prospect Rollie Lacy, and a player to be named in return. 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.

At Wrigley Field, he has a 3-1 record with 1.76 ERA in six career starts including a no-hitter in 2015.

Anyone who has watched Cole Hamels recently know the Cubs aren't adding the 2008 World Series MVP. The pitchers were Rangers teammates before Darvish was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers and later signed by the Cubs.

Hamels, who had been scheduled to start for Texas on Saturday in Houston, said he wasn't sure yet when he would make his first start for Chicago. Texas won the division again in 2016, but both times lost to Toronto in the AL Division Series.

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It has been a hard few years for the veteran not being able to lead the Rangers to a World Series. The San Diego native struck out 13 while pitching a no-hitter at Chicago's iconic ballpark in his final start with the Phillies in 2015.

The Cubs are 60-42 this season, sitting in first place of the NL Central.

The Yankees were also rumored to be interested in acquiring Hamels before the July 31 trade deadline.

Butler will join the Rangers' roster. Lacy, 23, is 5-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 18 appearances (12 starts) in two levels of the Cubs' system.

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