The Cubs have boosted their starting rotation, in the form of trading for veteran left-hander Cole Hamels. In the deal they will be sending right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler, minor league right-hander Rollie Lacy and a player to be named later to Texas.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 27, 2018
Hamels isn’t quite what he used to be, but the 34-year old and 2008 World Series MVP was largely having his stats this season skewed by his bad home numbers pitching in Arlington.
With Yu Darvish being out for most of the year and not being someone the Cubs are sure they can count on as they make their run towards a third straight NL Central title, boosting the rotation with a reliable veteran, who once threw a no-hitter at Wrigley Field as a member of the Phillies, is a good idea.
As I and many other people who write about baseball have been saying, this is a pretty weak starting pitchers market at this years deadline and the Cubs were able to get one of the better ones.
For the Rangers it was only a matter of time before they parted with Hamels. As mentioned, in this deal they got Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy. Eddie Butler has a fair amount of experience starting in the major leagues and he was actually pretty solid for the Cubs last season in 11 starts, but overall he has struggled at the major league level. He’s 27-years old so it’ll be interesting to see if he is able to put it together in his third major league stop after having already spent time with the Rockies and Cubs.
Rollie Lacy is a 23-year old prospect that has shown some promise, putting up pretty good numbers overall in his minor league career, but has also has yet to advance past any form of single-a, so he still has a ways to go.
Right now this trade definitely looks better for Chicago, but we’ll have to wait and see if Butler is able to put it together, what Lacy might be able to come, and of course, whoever the player to be named later turns out to be. With that being said, I’m sure if the Cubs win their second world title in three years they won’t care about any of that.