Rangers trade Cole Hamels to Cubs

Kristopher Nichols
July 29, 2018

On July 25, 2015, in his last start for Philadelphia before being traded to the Texas Rangers, Hamels no-hit the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The Rangers will also send cash to the Cubs and receive minor league players in return.

Hamels, 34, is 5-9 on the year, but he has pitched fantastically on the road and terribly in Texas, which makes his 4.72 ERA a bit misleading. That included making 11 starts previous year when the rotation was hit with injuries.

The 34-year-old was drafted by the Phillies in the first round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft and debuted with Philadelphia in 2006.

"To be able to change kind of the mindset, now to go on a first-place team, there's something inside of you that sparks when you get in those situations", Hamels said after the trade was announced. Hamels played for the Phillies for almost ten seasons until being traded to the Rangers in the middle of the 2015 season. Texas won the division again in 2016, but both times lost to Toronto in the AL Division Series. "It's always that chase for that World Series, you start [to] realize how hard it is to achieve, " Hamels said.

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The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is next Tuesday July 31.

Butler will join the Rangers' roster.

Lacy was a 17th round pick of the Cubs in 2017. He was activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday after being sidelined by a right groin strain.

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