Hamels on being a Cub: "It's a dream come true"
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jul 29, 2018,
Jul 29, 2018, 4:45
Merely moving to a team in the midst of a pennant race that will be playing in packed houses in front of hungry, raucous fans for the next two-plus months theoretically could help Hamels improve upon the 4.72 ERA he posted in his first 20 starts of the 2018 season.
Hamels has $10 million remaining on his salary this year.
In his last home start for Texas before the deadline, Hamels allowed seven runs on Monday night against Oakland. He is 1-7 with a 6.41 ERA and an opponents' OPS of.911 at the Rangers' hitter-friendly Globe Life Park - and has an extensive postseason pedigree. He was the NL Championship Series and World Series MVP when Philadelphia won the title in 2008. He's a great competitor, got good stuff. "He competes, and he knows what he's doing". The Cubs also received cash considerations from the Rangers.
On the year, his first with the Cubs, Chatwood now has a 4.98 ERA over 94.0 innings and 19 starts. Which will nearly certainly be bought out given that the option would pay Hamels $20 million next year. "I've not liked him for a long time", Maddon cracked after Chicago's 7-6 victory over Arizona on Thursday.
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The Cubs will now add Hamels to a rotation that includes Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks, Yu Darvish (when healthy), and Tyler Chatwood. My guess remains six-man rotation in the short-term, at least, which means Chatwood would get at least another start.
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.