Hamels is making $23.5 million this season and has a $6 million buyout (or $20 million team option) for 2019, but the Cubs will reportedly only have to pay $5 million of Hamels' remaining contract. "He's pitched some really big games against teams I've been involved with and he's done really well". Hamels played for the Phillies for almost ten seasons until being traded to the Rangers in the middle of the 2015 season. Texas won the division again in 2016, but both times lost to Toronto in the AL Division Series. "That was something I wanted to be able to do in Texas, and it didn't happen". Those numbers have been hurt by a bad July for Hamels, who is 1-3 with a 11.12 ERA in four starts after carrying a 3.61 ERA into the month. He was traded to Texas six days later.
The Cubs are 60-42 this season, sitting in first place of the NL Central. All-Star Jon Lester and Mike Montgomery, who began the year in the bullpen, have been their most consistent performers. He's an arm who can eat some innings I suppose.
Jose Quintana was winless in June, but the Colombian lefty is showing signs of coming around. He has struggled recently, with a 10.23 ERA in his past five starts.
Israel to build 400 settler homes in occupied West Bank
More than 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built since Israel's 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's defence minister, said the government would respond by approving 400 new homes in the settlement.
The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is next Tuesday July 31. Rather, Sherman further tweets that they'd pick up about $4MM of his deal and send secondary prospects to the Rangers in return.
Butler will join the Rangers' roster.
The Cubs just activated Butler from the disabled list earlier this week after he had missed three months with a groin injury.