This past Thursday night, the Chicago Cubs made their push for the postseason in the form of acquiring four-time all star pitcher Cole Hamels from the Rangers in exchange for prospects Eddie Butler, Rollie Lacy, and a PTBNL.
The Cubs, not the Yankees, might be the real evil empire of the MLB. Every year they seem to get better and better by either using their copious amounts of top level prospects in trades, or by just throwing a shitload of money at free agents (Looking at you Jon Lester and Yu Darvish).
The Cubs had been nipping at the Brewers heels for a majority of the season, but President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein (probably) said, “Enough of this second place stuff,” and decided to go full heel and get one of the premier available starting pitchers.
Hamels joins, on paper, one of the best rotations in the national league, when healthy. Joining the likes of the aforementioned Lester and Darvish, as well as Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana, and Tyler Chatwood.
Hamels, a member of the 2008 Phillies team who won the World Series, as well as World Series MVP, is now in a position to contend for one more ring.
Hamels is in the midst of a fairly unremarkable season, sporting a 4.72 ERA and coming off 4 consecutive piss poor outings, getting shelled by the White Sox, Tigers, and Athletics, while also giving up 4 earned runs to the goddamn Orioles.
It’s interesting to see how the Hamels experiment turns out for the Cubs, who’s rotation is full of guys who are drastically underachieving so far this year.
This move also comes on the heels of the Cubs acquiring reliever Jesse Chavez, also from the Rangers, a little over a week ago. If reports are anything to go by, then the Cubs aren’t done yet. The Northsiders have been linked to basically every available player possible, and given their willingness to make moves, I’d bet money they’ll have added one more player by the July 31st Deadline.
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