By Sam Bush
Former Phillies star Cole Hamels is being traded back to the National League.
But not to the Phillies.
The Chicago Cubs have acquired Hamels from the Texas Rangers for several low minor-league prospects, sources told ESPN.
The Cubs had stepped up their efforts after losing out on lefty J.A. Happ, who was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Yankees.
Hamels, 34, has a 5-9 record and a 4.72 ERA this season, but has been much better on the road — and away from hitter-friendly Texas — where he has a 2.93 ERA. He’s 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. He played for the Phillies from 2006 to 2015 and won a World Series, a World Series MVP and an NLCS MVP with them in 2008. On July 25, 2015, in his last start for Philly before being traded to the Texas Rangers, Hamels no-hit the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Hamels has made six starts at Wrigley, where he’s 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA.