Cole Hamels is on the move.
Per SportsDay’s Evan Grant, the Rangers have a deal in place to send Hamels to the Chicago Cubs.
In 20 starts this season with the Rangers, Hamels – who is in a bit of a rough stretch – is 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA.
Hamels has allowed at least four runs in five consecutive starts. In three of those, he’s allowed seven. In the last month, he’s made it through more than five innings just once and has a 10.22 ERA. He has hit 12 batters this season, the most in the majors, and has allowed 23 homers, tied for the second most.
More than a half-dozen contending teams sent representatives to watch Hamels’ start on Monday – a loss to the Oakland A’s. Hamels has $10 million left on his contract for this year and either a $20 million salary for next year or a $6 million buyout.
Hamels will reunite with another ex-Rangers ace, Yu Darvish, who signed with the Cubs as a free agent this offseason after being dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers at last year’s trade deadline.
Teams have until 3 p.m. July 31 to finalize trades, and the Rangers still have a number of players who could bring back a haul of prospects as the club aims to rebuild its farm system during a forgettable 2018 season.