Hamels, 34, is 5-9 this season with a career-high 4.72 ERA in 20 starts. Yahoo's Jeff Passan says Texas is sending a "significant amount" of money in the deal to cover Hamels' salary and that they will receive prospects in return. Butler, 27, is 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA in eight appearances for the Cubs this season and 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA in five starts at Triple-A Iowa.
"To be able to change kind of the mindset, now to go on a first-place team, there's something inside of you that sparks when you get in those situations, " Hamels said. On Thursday, days out from another trade deadline, the Chicago Cubs brought Hamels back to Wrigley - where they will lean on the veteran lefty to help lock down the National League Central title and carry them deep into October. The versatile Escobar has played third base, shortstop and second base this season.
Another Major League Baseball pitcher is on the move.
The Atlanta Braves traded $250,000 in worldwide signing bonus pool allocation to the Tampa Bay Rays for reliever Jonny Venters, who started his career in Atlanta and was an all-star in 2011 before a string of elbow injuries. He's also pitched terribly of late, but again, most of those starts have taken place in Arlington.
The Rangers did not discuss calling up Yohander Mendez, who started on Thursday for Double-A Frisco.
Basically, the Cubs are just hoping Cole Hamels remembers he's Cole Hamels.
"He's been pretty good". He's a proven excellent starter for a long time and has been through the wars.