Anyone who has watched Cole Hamels recently know the Cubs aren't adding the 2008 World Series MVP. "He's pitched some really big games against teams I've been involved with and he's done really well". He has great stuff.
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Cubs get Hamels and cash considerations that could total $8 million.
Yu Darvish is unlikely to return from the DL before mid-August and Tyler Chatwood's control problems persisted Thursday (he has 85 walks in 94 innings this season). priority would be getting Luke Farrell out of the rotation and Hamels would be an upgrade there. Which will nearly certainly be bought out given that the option would pay Hamels $20 million next year.
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Hamels carried a 3.61 ERA at the end of June, before a rough July (1-3, 11.12 ERA) sent his ERA climbing and his price dropping. My guess remains six-man rotation in the short-term, at least, which means Chatwood would get at least another start. "I've not liked him for a long time", Maddon cracked after Chicago's 7-6 victory over Arizona on Thursday.
In the midst of a relatively weak trade market for starting pitching, the Cubs were one of the teams pursuing Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ, whom the New York Yankees acquired earlier Thursday from the Blue Jays. He's given up 16 home runs over 59 innings at home and 7 home runs over 55 1/3 innings on the road. By the end of the day, they had completed the deal for Hamels.
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