Cubs reportedly trading pitcher, picking up Hamels' $20 mil option


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Charles LeClaire - USA Today Sports
Charles LeClaire - USA Today Sports

The Chicago Cubs will reportedly pick up veteran starter Cole Hamel's $20 million option today and trade lefty starter Drew Smyly to the Texas Rangers according to MLB insider Jerry Crasnick.

If the Cubs didn't pick up Hamel's $20 million, the Rangers would have been on the hook for the $6 million buy-out. Texas had an incentive to work out a deal with the Cubs and got a starter in return for their money.

In 2018, Hamels had a 9-12 record with a 3.78 ERA with 188 strikeouts and 1.26 WHIP. However, he had ace stuff with the Cubs with a 2.36 ERA in 76 innings on the North Side.

Smyly has a salary of $7 million in 2019 plus six million in performance bonuses. Last offseason, he signed a two-year, $10 million deal with Chicago.

Interestingly, new Texas assistant general manager Shiraz Rehman came from Chicago and knows Smyly well so it appears that the Rangers know exactly what they are getting health-wise in the starting pitcher.

It is a win-win for both sides as Cubs get their front-end starter for another year during their Championship window and the Rangers get a talented starter for their rotation.




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