Butler, a former first-round pick, has made 39 career starts with Colorado and the Cubs, compiling a 10-18 record and 5.65 ERA. He is now at the team's High A team in Myrtle Beach.
Earlier Thursday afternoon, the New York Yankees had successfully acquired J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays. Merely moving to a team in the midst of a pennant race that will be playing in packed houses in front of hungry, raucous fans for the next two-plus months theoretically could help Hamels improve upon the 4.72 ERA he posted in his first 20 starts of the 2018 season.
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NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse . Even though the Earth will be lined up directly between the moon and the sun, the moon will not be blacked out completely.
The Rangers have reportedly traded All-Star lefthanded pitcher Cole Hamels to the Cubs, pending a physical, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. He's given up 16 home runs over 59 innings at home and 7 home runs over 55 1/3 innings on the road. "I've not liked him for a long time", Maddon cracked after Chicago's 7-6 victory over Arizona on Thursday. "We certainly know that", said Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, adding that the Cubs were one of four teams he had serious discussions about Hamels with on Thursday. 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. Hamels played for the Phillies for almost ten seasons until being traded to the Rangers in the middle of the 2015 season.
It has been a hard few years for the veteran not being able to lead the Rangers to a World Series. "Going to Chicago, set up pretty nicely to be able to do so, I'm really excited to just kind of move right in and be a part of that".