Hamels is owed the remainder of his $22.5 million salary for the 2018 season and has a $20 million club option for the 2019 campaign with a $6 million buyout.
The dream was alive and well then, and Hamels hoisted it onto his shoulders as the Rangers went 10-2 in Hamels' 12 starts as a Ranger that season and overtook the Astros to win the AL West.
Hamels has been in awful form recently, allowing 25 earned runs in his last 22 innings pitched, raising his ERA to 4.72. 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. He competes and knows what he is doing out there. His Rangers contract contained a partial no-trade clause, but the Cubs were not among the teams he could block.
Hamels has made six starts at Wrigley, where he's 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA.
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The Cubs are 60-42 this season, sitting in first place of the NL Central.
At this point, the Cubs just need Hamels to not be Tyler Chatwood. The Cubs, however, don't appear to be discussing the possibility of taking on all of that almost $14MM commitment.
In the midst of a relatively weak trade market for starting pitching, the Cubs were one of the teams pursuing Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ, whom the New York Yankees acquired earlier Thursday from the Blue Jays.
Despite his struggles, the Cubs apparently feel like he can return to form.