The Chicago Cubs have taken the option on the contract of left-hander Cole Hamels for the 2019 season, the team announced on Friday.
The Cubs exercised their $ 6.25 million option on Pedro Strop on Thursday and fellow campaigner Brandon Kintzler won his $ 5 million player option.
The Cubs also exchanged left-hander Drew Smyly and a player to be named after the Texas Rangers against a player who was to be named.
Hamels will earn $ 20 million with the team option next season. The boys had until 16 o'clock. ET Friday, to make a decision to keep him. If the Cubs had rejected Hamel's option, the Rangers would have had to pay him a $ 6 million buyout as part of the July deal that sent him to Chicago.
The 34-year-old Hamels went in 328 starts in 2018 with 3.78 ERA in 32 starts. He and Hamels and his agent, John Boggs, said they would be open to exploring a longer-term business.
Smyly did not change for the Cubs last season as he recovered from Tommy John's surgery in June 2017. Smyly, 29, has a career spell of 3.74 and a record of 31-27 in five seasons at the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays.
Trading with Smyly will save the Cubs $ 7 million in 2019 as they prepare for the free agency.
Hamels gives manager Joe Maddon a deep set of starters while the Cubs compete in the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year. Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and Yu Darvish are also expected. Mike Montgomery and Tyler Chatwood are waiting for you.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.