Chicago Cubs Add Pitcher Cole Hamels in Push for Playoffs


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Cole Hamels

Throughout his 27-year career in commercial real estate, Mark Allen Hanrahan has closed more than $10 billion in office, industrial, retail, and multifamily transactions while serving in director roles with Principal Real Estate Investors and Markmel Co. A passionate sports fan, Mark Allen Hanrahan counts the Chicago Cubs as his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team.

Looking to make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, the Cubs acquire talented, left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers on July 27 in exchange for right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler and minor league pitching prospect Rollie Lacy. The Cubs were previously involved in discussions to acquire the Toronto Blue Jays’ left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ, but he was instead dealt to the New York Yankees.

A 34-year-old native of San Diego, California, Hamels is a four-time All-Star and 2008 World Series MVP. He spent the first nine-and-a-half years of his 13-year career with the Phillies before joining the Rangers in 2015. While he boasted a mediocre 4.72 earned run average (ERA) through 20 starts with the Rangers, he has been dominant in two starts with the Cubs, as he boasts a 1.00 ERA and has allowed only 11 hits through 18 innings.