Cubs make the Cole Hamels deal official

The Rangers traded left-hander Cole Hamels to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday for prospects

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.

But the 34-year-old Hamels is an experienced playoff pitcher with a history of success at Wrigley Field. He's also pitched terribly of late, but again, most of those starts have taken place in Arlington.

The Cubs are expected to pick up about $5 million of what's left on Hamels' contract for the remainder of this season, according to reports.

Hamels is 1-3 in his last five starts, allowing 25 earned runs in 22 innings and raising his ERA from 3.41 to a career-high 4.72.

Last season the pitcher was 11-6 with a 4.20 ERA, which was preceded by an All-Star 2016 campaign where he was 15-5 with a 3.32 ERA.

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The Red Devils are now plotting to move the 12-month clause on Martial's deal so he can not quit on a free next summer. Rooney has praised Martial and told talkSPORT: "I think Martial, ability-wise, is incredible".

In Hamels, the Cubs are getting a former NLCS and World Series MVP (2008) and four-time All-Star who has finished in the Top 10 in NL Cy Young voting four times.

"He has pitched in some pretty big games [and] he's done very well", Cubs Manager Joe Maddon told reporters Thursday, as the Hamels talks were heating up. He is a great competitor and has great stuff. At the moment, Montgomery (3.02 ERA, 1.18 WHIP as a starting pitcher) looks to have a rotation spot locked down as long as he can stay fresh down the stretch. He has a $20 million team option in 2019, with a $6 million buyout. Earlier Thursday, the Brewers made a trade to acquire closer Joakim Soria from the Chicago White Sox, adding him to an already-formidable bullpen. Darvish and Chatwood were the centerpieces of the Cubs' offseason, as the two free agent signees cost a total of $164 million.

The teams agreed to the trade Thursday, pending physicals for the players involved, the sources said.

Despite his struggles, the Cubs apparently feel like he can return to form.

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