Chicago Cubs made the right call in retaining Cole Hamels

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The Chicago Cubs on Friday exercised a $20 million team option on left-hander Cole Hamels for 2019, but not before maneuvering to create some salary relief.

Hamels was acquired by the Cubs at the July trade deadline. If Chicago declined, the Rangers, Hamels's former team, would have paid a $6 million buyout, allowing him to become a free agent.

So the Rangers get an upside arm nearly for free since they were on the hook for $6 million anyway, and the Cubs get to shave $5 million off their luxury tax number while retaining Hamels, and also moving out a lot of potential bonus risk and "actual" salary. Hamels had a 4-3 record with Chicago's senior circuit squad, but the incredible 2.5 WAR he amassed across just two months indicates how integral he was to Chicago's run down the stretch - I wrote about Hamels' initial dominance with the Cubs in August, and at the time he was a flawless 4-0 with a microscopic 0.79 ERA through five starts.

He signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Cubs in December.

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While players options are being exercised and declined left and right, Cole Hamels is the latest player to have his option picked up by his club.

Chicago also claimed outfielder Johnny Field off waivers from Minnesota on Thursday.

Strop is the only reliever in Cubs history to post six straight sub-3.00 ERA seasons. Field made his major league debut this year and hit.222 with nine homers and 21 RBIs in 83 games with the Twins and Tampa Bay Rays. Since then, the 29-year-old left-hander has been a member of two (er, make that three now) organizations: the Mariners, the Cubs and now the Rangers. He missed the rest of the regular season and then threw a scoreless inning in Chicago's wild-card loss to Colorado. He is 7-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 17 career playoff appearances. Hamels limited foes to a.226 batting average while striking out 74 batters and walking only 23 in 76.1 innings.

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