Chicago Cubs: REPORT: Cubs trade for 4-time All-Star pitcher


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Kevin Jaira - USA Today Sports
Kevin Jaira - USA Today Sports

The Chicago Cubs have found that veteran starter that they hope will give them some help down the stretch in 2018.

The Cubs have traded with the Rangers for veteran lefty Cole Hamels pending medical reports. Some low-level prospects and significant cash considerations are expected to return to the Rangers in the deal. No official word yet from either team until the medical details are finalized.

Class-A Myrtle Beach starter Rollie Lacy was scratched during today's game so he might be part of the package of prospects.

Earlier in the day, the Cubs tried to make a play for starter J.A. Happ but the Yankees won out for the veteran starter.

Hamels has a guaranteed salary of $22.5 million this season ($7.98 million left to pay) and a salary of $20 million with a $6 million buyout in 2019.

The 34-year old has had a rough season with a 5-9 record with a 4.72 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. On the road, he has 2.93 ERA this season.

He has been pretty awful in his last seven starts with a 2-3 record and 6.69 ERA. At Wrigley Field, he has a 3-1 record with 1.76 ERA in six career starts including a no-hitter in 2015.

If he is healthy, he could be a guy that should up eat some innings for a tired bullpen and possibly give them some decent veteran starts down the stretch and even in the playoffs.

For his career, he has a 152-111 record with an impressive 3.43 ERA and 2341 strikeouts.

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