The Chicago Cubs bolstered their rotation by taking a shot at Texas Rangers lefty Cole Hamels, acquiring him via trade on Thursday.
The Cubs did not give up much to acquire him, as they received only two players back in exchange for Hamels, with one of them still unknown.
Source: The Cubs are sending Class A pitcher Rollie Lacy and a player to be named later to the Rangers for Cole Hamels.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 27, 2018
Single-A pitcher Rollie Lacy is the biggest piece going to the Rangers in exchange for Hamels. In two minor league seasons, Lacy has a career ERA of 2.45 in 29 games, 13 of which have been starts. Lacy made the transition to starting games in 2018, where he has gone 5-2 with a familiar 2.45 ERA in 80.2 innings pitched.
Perhaps the most significant part of the deal not mentioned in Passan's tweet is that the Rangers will be eating the majority of Hamels' remaining salary in 2018, which is shocking considering the light return. Talk about selling low!
Hamels Trade:— Ben Horrow (@BLHorrow38) July 27, 2018
Hamels is below avg in most categories this season except for salary. He was a HR machine in Texas, if #Cubs can fix that, might be useful.
Hamels has had a subpar year with the Rangers in 2018, going 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA. For his career, though, he has a 3.43 ERA in his 13 years in the big leagues. His last five appearances have been especially rough, as he has pitched to an unsightly 10.23 ERA.
This is a solid pickup for the Cubs here, as no immediate impact prospects were given up and they do not have to pay a large chunk of Hamels' contract. The veteran lefty could provide some depth behind Jon Lester, as Tyler Chatwood and Yu Darvish have not panned out just yet in the Windy City.