Hamels is slated to be the third starter for the Cubs to begin the season behind Jon Lester and Yu Darvish, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

It appears manager Joe Maddon will alternate lefties and righties in his rotation, with Lester, Darvish and Hamels followed by the righty Kyle Hendricks and lefty Jose Quintana. Hamels pitched well for the Cubs after coming over in a deadline deal last season and should be primed for continued success heading into his age-35 season.

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