Cubs acquire starting pitcher Cole Hamels from the Rangers

BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 13: Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 13, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

CHICAGO – It appears the Cubs will once again look to the Rangers for pitching help.

After signing Yu Darvish from the team in the offseason and trading for reliever Jesse Chavez last week, the team has now traded for starterĀ  Cole Hamels. Widely reported on Thursday night, the Cubs made the deal official on Friday.

The Cubs have also received cash considerations from Texas and in exchange gave up pitchers Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy along with a player to be named later.

Hamels, a four-time All-Star, is 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 2018, his fourth wiht the Rangers since being acquired in the middle of the 2015 season from the Phillies. Those numbers have been hurt by a terrible July for Hamels, who is 1-3 with a 11.12 ERA in four starts after carrying a 3.61 ERA into the month.

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.

In 2015, Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Cubs on July 25th at Wrigley Field. It was the first against the team since September of 1965, now he’ll get the chance to help out the Cubs as the go for their fourth-consecutive playoff appearances.