Texas Rangers trade Cole Hamels to Chicago Cubs

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Hamels, who had been scheduled to start for Texas on Saturday in Houston, will instead travel then to join the Cubs for the rest of their series in St. Louis.

The deal is pending physicals for all players involved.

Earlier Thursday afternoon, the New York Yankees had successfully acquired J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays.

It was the third time in four July games he allowed seven runs, including at Baltimore when he got only two outs on 41 pitches on a day four runs were unearned. The lefty said he wasn't sure yet when he would make his first start for Chicago. Had the Cubs not just traded for Cole Hamels, we'd be back here today wondering how much longer the Cubs can keep doing this with Tyler Chatwood, who cannot now throw strikes at a rate even *close* to acceptable enough to keep him in the rotation of a contender. He has given up 16 home runs over 59 innings at home and 7 home runs over 55 1/3 innings on the road.

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

The Cubs reportedly struck a deal with the Rangers to acquire Hamels, 34, for low-level minor-leaguers.

Anyone who has watched Cole Hamels recently know the Cubs aren't adding the 2008 World Series MVP.

It has been a hard few years for the veteran not being able to lead the Rangers to a World Series. The Cubs emptied their once rich farm system on the way to three straight NLCS appearances and a historic championship in 2016, hurting their chances of making a major trade this year. "Going to Chicago, set up pretty nicely to be able to do so, I'm really excited to just kind of move right in and be a part of that".