Hamels is 1-3 in his last five starts, allowing 25 earned runs in 22 innings and raising his ERA from 3.41 to a career-high 4.72.
Hamels has $10 million remaining on his salary this year.
The Cubs' deal to acquire Cole Hamels from the Rangers is done, according to Yahoo Sports. But the 34-year-old Hamels is an experienced postseason pitcher - he was the NL Championship Series and World Series MVP when Philadelphia won the title in 2008. He's a great competitor, got good stuff. His Rangers contract contained a partial no-trade clause, but the Cubs were not among the teams he could block.
Yu Darvish is unlikely to return from the DL before mid-August and Tyler Chatwood's control problems persisted Thursday (he has 85 walks in 94 innings this season). priority would be getting Luke Farrell out of the rotation and Hamels would be an upgrade there. He has a $20 million team option in 2019, with a $6 million buyout. In addition, both Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana, holdovers from the 2017 rotation that helped carry the Cubs to the NLCS, have regressed.
The deal is pending physicals for all players involved. He's given up 16 home runs over 59 innings at home and 7 home runs over 55 1/3 innings on the road.
At Wrigley Field, he has a 3-1 record with 1.76 ERA in six career starts including a no-hitter in 2015. "I've not liked him for a long time", Maddon cracked after Chicago's 7-6 victory over Arizona on Thursday.