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Ariel Jurado steps into rotation for Saturday start after Hamels trade

Ariel Jurado steps into rotation for Saturday start after Hamels trade

Texas acquired right-handersEddie Butler and Rollie Lacy in the trade. The teams had agreed to the trade Thursday, pending physicals for the players involved.

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.

The Cubs will now add Hamels to a rotation that includes Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks, Yu Darvish (when healthy), and Tyler Chatwood. He has given up 16 home runs over 59 innings at home and 7 home runs over 55 1/3 innings on the road.

A four-time All-Star, Hamels is 152-111 with a 3.43 ERA in his 14th season in the league.

In that very instant, Cole Hamels had become the most sought out arm on the trade market - especially by the Chicago Cubs. 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.

The trade was reported yesterday, and Cole Hamels gave his now-former Rangers teammates hugs as he left the ballpark during the game against the A's, but now the Cole Hamels trade is official. Hamels has made six starts at Wrigley, where he's 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA.

It has been a hard few years for the veteran not being able to lead the Rangers to a World Series. Those numbers have been hurt by a awful July for Hamels, who is 1-3 with a 11.12 ERA in four starts after carrying a 3.61 ERA into the month. "That was something I wanted to be able to do in Texas, and it didn't happen".