FILE - In this June 7, 2018, file photo, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels walks back to the dugout after the top of the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, in Arlington, Texas. Less than a week before the non-waiver trade deadline, the veteran lefty is in what he calls the worst stretch of his career. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter, File)

Cubs get LHP Cole Hamels in trade with Rangers

July 27, 2018 - 11:27 am

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have acquired veteran left-hander Cole Hamels in a trade with the Texas Rangers.

Chicago also received cash in Friday's deal in exchange for right-hander Eddie Butler, minor league pitcher Rollie Lacy and a player to be named.

Hamels is in the midst of perhaps the worst year of his career, going 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts with last-place Texas. He is just 1-3 with an 11.12 ERA in four starts in July.

But the 34-year-old Hamels is an experienced playoff pitcher with a history of success at Wrigley Field. He was the NL Championship Series and World Series MVP when Philadelphia won the title in 2008. He is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA in 16 career postseason starts.

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