Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels fired the first no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs in 50 years on Saturday, and the reactionary effect is already in full throttle.
Barely 12 hours after watching their beloved Cubbies get incapacitated by the Philadelphia ace, Chicago fans posted this ultimatum across the street from Wrigley Field:
Hamels' contract isn't too friendly, as he will be under contract until at least 2018 and is owed an average of $22.5 million per year. But the flipside of that argument is that a trade for Hamels would come with several years of club control, rather than the three-month rentals that have characterized pitchers dealt at the deadline in previous years (e.g. Zack Greinke, Jon Lester). He could slot into the rotation as another power lefty alongside Lester to balance the staff in between Cubs righties like Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks.
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The Cubs are 2.5 games out of a wild-card spot with the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaching. They would be smart to bolster their pitching staff with an impact veteran like Hamels.
If Hamels lands in Chicago, it already looks like Cubs fans will give him a warmer reception than they usually give new pitching additions to the team.
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