Hamels played for the Phillies for almost ten seasons until being traded to the Rangers in the middle of the 2015 season. The deal, which would also include the Rangers sending cash to offset part of the $10 million in 2018 salary still owed to Hamels, was unofficial pending medical information. Those numbers have been hurt by a awful July for Hamels, who is 1-3 with a 11.12 ERA in four starts after carrying a 3.61 ERA into the month. Perhaps, they are remembering the no-hitter he tossed at Wrigley three years ago.
Hamels is 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts with the Rangers and has struck out 114 in 114 1/3 innings. 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. "We certainly know that", said Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, adding the Cubs were one of four teams he had serious discussions about on Thursday. "I've not liked him for a long time", Maddon cracked. He has pitched some really big games against teams I have been involved with.
Another Major League Baseball pitcher is on the move. He made an emergency start for the Rangers at Chicago on May 19, allowing six hits and four runs in 4.2 innings.
The Cubs are on top of the NL with a 60-42 record entering Friday night's game at St. Louis, but they haven't received much length from their starting pitching.
Butler, 27, was out of minor-league options.
Lacy, 23, was the Cubs' 11th round pick in the 2017 draft.
Hamels has been in terrible form recently, allowing 25 earned runs in his last 22 innings pitched, raising his ERA to 4.72.