Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

3 takeaways from Cole Hamels deal

3 takeaways from Cole Hamels deal

Hamels had a 4-3 record with Chicago's senior circuit squad, but the incredible 2.5 WAR he amassed across just two months indicates how integral he was to Chicago's run down the stretch - I wrote about Hamels' initial dominance with the Cubs in August, and at the time he was a ideal 4-0 with a microscopic 0.79 ERA through five starts. If Chicago declined, the Rangers, Hamels's former team, would have paid a $6 million buyout, allowing him to become a free agent.

Hamels, who was acquired by the Cubs in a pre-deadline trade with the Rangers in July, went 9-12 with a 3.78 ERA in 32 starts overall in 2018.

Hamels has one career solo no-hitter, tossed on July 25, 2015 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in his final start as a member of the Phillies before being traded to the Rangers six days later.

To ease the Cubs' financial obligation, the Rangers agreed to a deal in which they added left-hander Drew Smyly and a player to be named for a player to be named. The 26-year-old Reinheimer hit.167 in 21 games with NY this year. Something like two years for $30 million would have been an ideal contract.

Hamels gives manager Joe Maddon a deep group of starting pitchers as the Cubs try for their fifth consecutive playoff appearance.

Hamels had an instant impact with Chicago, going 4-0 with a sparkling 0.79 ERA in his first five starts with the team.

Smyly pitched one scoreless inning in the Low-A Midwest League this season.

Hamels projects to be a mid-rotation or back-end starter for the Cubs, who continue to be led by Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks. He was unbeaten with the Cubs until he was hit hard in a loss at Arizona in his 10th start on September 19. Hamels limited foes to a.226 batting average while striking out 74 batters and walking only 23 in 76.1 innings.

Earlier this week, the Cubs exercised their $6.25 million option for Pedro Strop and fellow reliever Brandon Kintzler picked up his $5 million player option.

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