Hamels Dealt by Rangers to Cubs

July 28, 2018 GMT

The Chicago Cubs are gambling a change of scenery and a pennant race will help Cole Hamels return to form.

The Cubs acquired the veteran left-hander from the Texas Rangers for right-hander Eddie Butler, minor league pitcher Rollie Lacy and a player to be named. The Cubs are responsible for paying Hamels $5 million.

As part of the deal, Texas will send Chicago $2,862,903 to cover a portion of the $7,862,903 remaining in Hamels’ $22.5 million salary this year.

Hamels is in the midst of perhaps the worst year of his career, going 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts with last-place Texas. He is 1-3 with an 11.12 ERA in four starts in July.

The NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies have acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the New York Mets for a pitching prospect. Cabrera was hitting .277 with 18 home runs and 58 RBIs as the Mets’ second baseman. ... The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired switch-hitting infielder Eduardo Escobar from the Minnesota Twins for minor league right-hander Jhoan Duran and outfielders Gabriel Maciel and Ernie De La Trinidad. The 29-year-old Escobar hit .274 with 15 home runs, 63 RBIs and a major league-best 37 doubles in 97 games this season, his seventh with the Twins.


Darnold holding out on Jets

There was no sign of Sam Darnold as the New York Jets opened training camp.

The No. 3 overall draft pick officially became a contract holdout when the team began its first practice of the summer without its prized rookie quarterback. Darnold joins Chicago linebacker Roquan Smith, the No. 8 choice, as the only unsigned picks from the entire draft.

New York Jets wide receiver ArDarius Stewart has been suspended by the NFL without pay for the first two games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Stewart was a third-round draft pick out of Alabama last year. He had six catches for 82 yards in limited action in his rookie season with the Jets. ... Jurors have acquitted two former University of Tennessee football players, nearly 31/2 years after they were indicted on aggravated rape charges. A jury of seven women and five men deliberated for almost 1 1/2 hours before finding A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams not guilty on all counts. ... Alabama coach Nick Saban still reigns supreme over college football -- in national titles and annual pay. The university announced a new eight-year deal worth at least $74.4 million, which would appear to make Saban again college football’s highest-paid coach based on annual salary. The agreement runs through the 2025 season, boosting his average annual pay to $9.3 million if he sticks around for the duration.


Espinoza recovering

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza has been moved to a rehabilitation facility to recover from a fractured vertebra in his neck sustained during a training accident. Agent Brian Beach tweeted that Espinoza had left the hospital, where he had been up and walking around in the days after being injured last Sunday. Espinoza rode American Pharoah to a sweep of the Triple Crown in 2015.

John Isner advanced to the BB&T Atlanta Open semifinals for the ninth straight year, beating Germany’s Mischa Zverev 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.