LEADING OFF: Hamels to Cubs, Escobar to Diamondbacks

Reports: Rangers Trading Cole Hamels To Cubs

MLB Rumors: Cubs Acquire Pitcher Cole Hamels In Trade With Rangers

Yahoo's Jeff Passan says Texas is sending a "significant amount" of money in the deal to cover Hamels' salary and that they will receive prospects in return. He is 1-3 with an 11.12 ERA in four starts in July.

But if the deal goes through, the Cubs will be banking on Hamels's strong road numbers this season - 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA and an opponents' OPS of.697 in 10 starts. But the 34-year-old Hamels is an experienced postseason pitcher - he was the NL Championship Series and World Series MVP when Philadelphia won the title in 2008. Among starting pitchers with at least 90 innings this year, Chatwood's 19.4% walk rate leads the league ... by almost SIX PERCENTAGE POINTS. He has pitched some really big games against teams I have been involved with.

Hamels, who had been scheduled to start for Texas on Saturday in Houston, said he wasn't sure yet when he would make his first start for Chicago.

It appears the Cubs will once again look to the Rangers for pitching help. The Rangers will pick up $5 million of what's left on Hamels' $22.5 million salary for this year plus the $6 million buyout on his 2019 option. "I have not liked him for a long time (as a foe because he was so hard to beat)".

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired switch-hitting infielder Eduardo Escobar from the Minnesota Twins for minor-league right-hander Jhoan Duran plus outfield prospects Gabriel Maciel and Ernie De La Trinidad.

Hamels has been in terrible form recently, allowing 25 earned runs in his last 22 innings pitched, raising his ERA to 4.72.

In his last home start for Texas before the deadline, Hamels allowed seven runs on Monday night against Oakland.

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