Cubs interested in Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels says goodbye to Rangers teammates in the dugout Thursday night in Texas

The Chicago Cubs have acquired left-hander Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers for several low minor-league prospects, sources told ESPN's Jesse Rogers and Jerry Crasnick, confirming a report by the Dallas Morning News.

The deal is pending physicals for all players involved. He has missed a lot of this season with a groin injury and has worked only as a reliever, going 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA in 17 1/3 innings, but 39 of his 57 career appearances are as a starter.

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The Cubs haven't had the best of luck with high-profile free-agent signing Yu Darvish this offseason, but they could get a steal in his former teammate, Hamels, should they fix the kink in his form.

In that very instant, Cole Hamels had become the most sought out arm on the trade market - especially by the Chicago Cubs. Chatwood walked six batters in the Cubs' 7-6 walk-off victory over Arizona on Thursday, giving him 85 walks in 94 innings.

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For his career, he has a 152-111 record with an impressive 3.43 ERA and 2341 strikeouts. He played for the Phillies from 2006 to 2015 and won a World Series, a World Series MVP and an NLCS MVP with them in 2008.

Hamels has seen his ERA rise to 4.74 after getting bombed in his last five starts.

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The Rangers clinched the AL West title on the final day of the 2015 regular season when Hamels threw a three-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels. "It's always that chase for that World Series, you start [to] realize how hard it is to achieve, " Hamels said. The Cubs referenced that no-hitter in a tweet after the trade was announced.

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