Cole Hamels to the Cubs is a done deal, pending medicals, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
The Chicago Cubs are closing in on a deal for Rangers LHP Cole Hamels according to multiple reports. Hamels’ cost is low and the deal is expected to be centered around low-level minor league prospects and some salary relief for the Rangers according to Patrick Mooney of The Athletic.
Something to note: Class-A Myrtle Beach RHP Rollie Lacy was scracted from his start just minutes before game time.
Hamels gives the Cubs much needed depth for their rotation. With Yu Darvish’s status still unknown and Tyler Chatwood’s continued struggles, Hamels is just the guy the Cubs need right now.
The 34 year-old is posting a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts this season. The stat to focus on though is Hamel’s success on the road this season, posting a 2.93 ERA compared to a 6.41 at Globe Life Park. He will also be moving to the NL and has pitched well at Wrigley in his career.
After missing out on J.A. Happ, Hamels was the next best pitcher on the market. The Cubs cannot rely on Darvish. Adding Hamels gives them depth without losing anyone on the active roster.