Did the Cubs Just Fleece the Rangers Again?

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by: Andy Zsiga @zsiga_andy

Many pitching mainstays in the Chicago Cubs organization have had some roots in the Texas Rangers organization.


Kyle Hendricks is perhaps the biggest acquisition for a player that unfortunately earned the nickname "Dumpster" when he played with the Rangers. 

The fact is that most pitchers the Rangers acquired from the Cubs during their competitive phase either did not work out, or performed below their expectations (Ryan Dempster, Scott Feldman, Matt Garza). It has caused many fans to feel the Cubs have been able to feed off of the Rangers’ system. 

While the Cubs did hit on a few of the prospects the Rangers have sent them over the years, many of the prospects that seemed sure to work out either have not done well or have resurrected their careers in a different organization. So, the perceived notion that the Cubs have benefited greatly from trades with the Rangers seems to be nothing more than a few unexpected scouting wins.

This leads us to Thursday’s trade where the Rangers sent Cole Hamels to the Cubs for Rollie Lacy, Eddie Butler, and a player to be named later. 


The Rangers have a chance this year to reverse the narrative with the Cubs, and they have already sent the Cubs Jesse Chavez for a possible future major leaguer. 

Although, the reverse is possible in both of these deals, and it is possible the Cubs will receive useful players and give up players that will never make it, the truth is that is fine. These kinds of trades are rolls of the dice, and they are done because each team is hoping their end of the deal works out. Trust the process…

As far as the return for the Cubs, Cole presents as an upgrade over Tyler Chatwood and he could become a very valuable member of the pitching staff due to the change in ballparks. 

Globe Life Park in Arlington has never been a pitcher-friendly and Hamels main vice this year has been giving up home runs at home. 

Wrigley may help him out immensely since 16 of Cole’s 23 home runs were given up at the Globe. Also, his current ERA and FIP have been driven up by an awful July and it is much more likely that he will “regress to the mean”, or basically be a little closer to the pitcher he has been for the majority of his career. Either way giving up three guys that are not part of your current or future cores for a guy that could really improve your team is worth the gamble.

Before I move away from Cole Hamels, I want to make it clear that he is an incredibly nice person and family man. 

It has been noted that on a rehab in Frisco, he left (as many major leaguers do on minor league rehab) after his appearance and went incognito to float the lazy river there with his family. Among other kind acts,  he and his family donated a $9.4 million mansion to special needs camp. Cubs fans can know that he will treat the community well.

As for the Rangers return in this trade, Butler is (more or less) the guy Chavez replaced and while his career once looked very bright, it is more of a sparkle right now. 

A guy that will slot into the Rangers pitching staff right now (despite not having a very high ceiling) is a good return right now for the Rangers. 

Lacy is a 23-year-old in High-A who strikes people out and he adds one more arm to a farm system trying to develop as many arms as possible. 

The player to be named later is on an already determined list and is more likely than not a lotto ticket who is currently injured. If you want a more in-depth analysis of the known pieces of this trade, go here.


Both teams accomplished successfully something that should help their current situations.


While one of these teams will probably look more successful than the other in the future, neither team should be upset about what they gave up for this trade.

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