The Chicago Cubs have acquired left-hander Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers for several low minor-league prospects, sources told ESPN’s Jesse Rogers and Jerry Crasnick, confirming a report by the Dallas Morning News.
The teams agreed to the trade Thursday, pending physicals for the players involved, the sources said.
Hamels, 34, has a 5-9 record and a 4.72 ERA this season, but has been much better on the road — and away from hitter-friendly Texas — where he has a 2.93 ERA. He’s given up 16 home runs over 59 innings at home and 7 home runs over 55 1/3 innings on the road.
Hamels would likely slide into the Cubs’ rotation in place of either Tyler Chatwood or Mike Montgomery. Chatwood walked six batters in the Cubs’ 7-6 walk-off win over Arizona on Thursday, giving him 85 walks in 94 innings.
A four-time All-Star, Hamels is 152-111 with a 3.43 ERA in his 14th season in the league. He played for the Phillies from 2006 to 2015 and won a World Series, a World Series MVP and an NLCS MVP with them in 2008. 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.