He has missed a lot of this season with a groin injury and has worked only as a reliever, going 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA in 17 1/3 innings, but 39 of his 57 career appearances are as a starter.
With the departure of Cole Hamels, the Rangers will give minor leaguer Ariel Jurado a chance at the starting rotation. He is 1-7 with a 6.41 ERA and an opponents' OPS of.911 at the Rangers' hitter-friendly Globe Life Park - and has an extensive postseason pedigree. 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. He's a great competitor, got good stuff.
Cubs get Hamels and cash considerations that could total $8 million.
The Cubs will now add Hamels to a rotation that includes Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks, Yu Darvish (when healthy), and Tyler Chatwood. Which will nearly certainly be bought out given that the option would pay Hamels $20 million next year. The teams had agreed to the trade Thursday, pending physicals for the players involved.
At Wrigley Field, he has a 3-1 record with 1.76 ERA in six career starts including a no-hitter in 2015.
It's worth noting that 16 of his 23 home runs allowed have come at home - that despite throwing almost the same amount of innings. Chatwood walked six batters in the Cubs' 7-6 walk-off victory over Arizona on Thursday, giving him 85 walks in 94 innings.
"I think we were looking beyond his recent struggles", Cubs president Theo Epstein said.