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Cubs exercise option on Hamels, trade Smyly to Texas

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs exercised their $20 million option on Cole Hamels on Friday, solidifying their rotation for next year, and traded fellow left-hander Drew Smyly to the Texas Rangers.

Hamels, who turns 35 in December, went 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts after he was acquired in a July 27 trade with Texas - a frequent trade partner for Chicago since Theo Epstein took over the Cubs' front office in 2011. Had the Cubs declined the option and paid a $6 million buyout, the Rangers would have paid the Cubs an additional $6 million.

The 29-year-old Smyly is heading to Texas after missing his only year in Chicago as part of his recovery from Tommy John surgery in June 2017. The Cubs also parted with a player to be named in exchange for a player to be named.

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Leaders
AVG: B. Zobrist.305
HR: J. Báez34
RBI: J. Báez111
SB: J. Báez21
W: J. Lester18
ERA: J. Lester3.32
Saves: B. Morrow22
K: K. Hendricks161
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
X-Milwaukee 9667.589-
Y-Chi Cubs 9568.5831
St. Louis 8874.5437.5
Pittsburgh 8279.50913
Cincinnati 6795.41428.5
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .258 (4)
Runs: 761 (9)
Hits: 1453 (2)
Home Runs: 167 (22)
Stolen Bases: 66 (24)
OBP: .333 (4)
SLG: .410 (13)
Total Bases: 2308 (12)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.65 (3)
Runs Allowed: 645 (4)
Saves: 46 (9)
Strikeouts: 1333 (19)
OpBA: .240 (10)
OBP: .323 (20)
SLG: .376 (3)
Run Support: 4.64 (12)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
11/2 C. Coghlan Declared Free Agency
11/2 C. Coleman Declared Free Agency
11/2 Y. Darvish Removed From 60-Day DL (Right triceps tendinitis)
11/2 M. Freeman Outrighted to Minors
11/2 M. Freeman Declared Free Agency
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/25 K. Bryant Left wrist contusion (day-to-day)
9/23 K. Bryant Left shoulder (day-to-day)
9/14 P. Strop Strained left hamstring (day-to-day)
9/7 B. Zobrist Stiff neck (day-to-day)
9/4 M. Zagunis off 60-day DL
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