Cole Hamels

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cubs & Rangers Talking Hamels Trade

July 26, 2018 - 2:51 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan/AP) - The Chicago Cubs have discussed acquiring struggling Rangers starter Cole Hamels, according to  Joel Sherman of the New York Post. 

Sherman reports the Cubs are "making inroads" to try and acquire Hamels from Texas.

The report adds that Chicago would pick up about $4 million of the rest of Hamels' salary this season and the buyout for next season (approximately $14.2 million), and Texas would receive "secondary prospects" in return. 

Hamels has a 20-team no-trade clause list, however, the Cubs aren't on the list.

Hamels is in the midst of the worst strectch of his career. He 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. He has given up 23 homers in 20 starts and has thrown fewer than 100 pitches in eight of his last 10.

In his most recent home start, Hamels (5-9) allowed seven runs on Monday night against Oakland. It was the third time in four July games he allowed seven runs, including at Baltimore when he got only two outs on 41 pitches on a day four runs were unearned.

"When you're not performing physically, there's an easier excuse," Hamels said. "But when it kind of snowballs into multiple games, especially when they're back-to-back-to-back, that's when the mental side can kind of creep in a little bit more."

When asked after the 15-3 loss to Oakland if the idea of being traded again had entered his mind, he said that was part of the game and something players have to deal with.

"You can't run away from it," said Hamels, whose next scheduled start for the Rangers is Saturday at Houston.