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Major League Baseball Star Pitcher Has Been Traded

A general view of Wrigley Field.

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 30: A general view of Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs take on the Colorado Rockies on April 30, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

It has been a busy day of MLB trades as Tuesday's deadline approaches. Cole Hamels is the next big name on the move.

Hamels has been traded from the Texas Rangers to the Chicago Cubs. A deal has been struck after the Cubs emerged earlier today as the favorite to land Hamels.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News was the first to report the trade was done.

Hamels is a free agent at the end of the season, so he's essentially just a rental for the Cubs. As a result, the Rangers were not going to get back much in return. According to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, the Cubs will send minor leaguers back to Texas.

The Cubs were in need of another starting pitcher. Chicago was in on the Blue Jays' J.A. Happ, but he was traded to the New York Yankees.

Hamels is 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA this season. His recent results haven't been great, as he's allowed four or more runs and three or more earned runs in his last five starts.

The hope is that a change of scenery and a move to the NL will help Hamels regain some of the form that made him an AL All-Star in 2016.