Cubs reportedly likely to make a trade to pay for Hamels
|Friday, November 2, 2018, 8:53 AM- -|
The offseason is underway and a juicy report has filtered through on Thursday night.
MLB insider Ken Rosenthal is saying that the Cubs are considering making a trade before they pick up Hamels' 20 million team option.
"Cubs might make a trade to clear salary before picking up Hamels’ $20M option," sources tell The Athletic. "At this point, a long-term deal for Hamels is unlikely. If Cubs decline option and make Hamels a free agent, Rangers will pay his $6M buyout. But goal is to keep him."
In 2018, Hamels had a 9-12 record with a 3.78 ERA with 188 strikeouts and 1.26 WHIP.
Are they trying to save some money because they want to try to stay under the luxury tax or is Bryce Harper a real possibility for the North Siders? If they end up not picking up the 20 million option, they could let him test free agency and might even find a cheaper deal in a few weeks. It's a roll of the dice, but it might end up working out for them.
MLB insider Buster Olney gives his view of the Cubs' payroll in the following tweets:
Other teams' read on the Cubs' situation this winter: They have very little payroll flexibility, and will have to spend very carefully to affect upgrades for the 2019 season. The days of having a cheap core of young players are over for the front office.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 2, 2018
Re: Cubs -- Jason Heyward, Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood will make $60 million in 2019, almost 30% of the team's salary space below the $206 million CBT threshold.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 2, 2018