Cubs choose up Cole Hamels’ $20M choice, commerce Drew Smyly to Rangers | MLB


The Cubs made room to choose up the choice on left-hander Cole Hamels’ 2019 contract by buying and selling Drew Smyly to the Rangers on Friday. 

Chicago dealt Smyly to Texas for a participant to be named, the workforce introduced, whereas confirming it has exercised Hamels’ $20 million choice. 

Hamels, who was acquired by the Cubs in a pre-deadline commerce with the Rangers in July, went 9-12 with a 3.78 ERA in 32 begins total in 2018. The 34-year-old was 4-Three with a 2.36 ERA in 12 begins for the Cubs after the commerce. The four-time All-Star and his agent, John Boggs, have additionally expressed curiosity in exploring a longer-term cope with the Cubs.

The Cubs’ transfer to ship Smyly to the Rangers comes after a season through which Smyly didn’t pitch for Chicago as he continued his restoration from Tommy John surgical procedure in June 2017. The 29-year-old has a profession ERA of three.74, with a 31-27 document in 5 seasons with the Tigers and Rays.

Smyly will make no less than $7 million in 2019, plus the potential for as much as $6 million in efficiency incentives. 

Chicago’s projected beginning rotation for subsequent yr consists of Hamels, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and Yu Darvish, the Chicago-Solar Instances notes.

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