Cubs get LHP Cole Hamels

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are gambling a change of scenery will help Cole Hamels return to form.

The Cubs acquired the veteran left-hander and cash from the Texas Rangers on Friday 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.

“He was a great teammate, a guy who was good here in the clubhouse, a good teammate,” Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos said. “He was a good player. Everybody’s going to miss him.”

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