Texas will receieve three players, including prospect Rollie Lacy and reliever/spot starter Eddie Butler as well as a player to be named later. Merely moving to a team in the midst of a pennant race that will be playing in packed houses in front of hungry, raucous fans for the next two-plus months theoretically could help Hamels improve upon the 4.72 ERA he posted in his first 20 starts of the 2018 season. That included making 11 starts past year when the rotation was hit with injuries. On July 25, 2015, in his last start for Philadelphia before being traded to the Texas Rangers, Hamels no-hit the Cubs at Wrigley Field. It was his last start for the Phillies before being dealt to the Rangers. The four-time All-Star won a World Series with the Phillies in 2008. "It's always that chase for that World Series, you start [to] realize how hard it is to achieve, " Hamels said.
Hamels is 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA in six career starts at Wrigley. Tyler Chatwood, another free-agent pitcher who signed with Chicago over the winter, leads the majors with a whopping 85 walks in 94 innings.
The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is next Tuesday July 31.
The deal for Hamels is their second trade with Texas in the past couple weeks. Butler, a former first-round pick, has made 39 career starts with Colorado and the Cubs, compiling a 10-18 record and 5.65 ERA. He was activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday after being sidelined by a right groin strain.