The Philadelphia Phillies have traded pitcher Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers.
According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Phillies traded Hamels and fellow pitcher Jake Diekman plus cash considerations to the Rangers for catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams as well as pitchers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher, Matt Harrison and Jerad Eickhoff on Wednesday.
However, neither team confirmed the trade, per Sullivan.
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The trade is still subject to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s approval as of Wednesday evening, per The Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.
The MLB.com update says the Rangers want their rebiuld to revolve around better pitching. Hamels, who still has three years left on his contract, will spearhead this turnaround.
At the time of the trade with Texas, Hamels had a 6-7 record and a 3.64 ERA, per Sullivan.
Jake Kaplan of The Philadelphia Inquirer says Hamels did not speak with reporters after the Phillies’ 8-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Hamels’ trade comes just five days after he recorded his first career no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs.
Hamels’ remaining three years on his Phillies contract comes with a guaranteed purse of at least $75 million, “but a significant amount will be offset by the undisclosed amount of cash Philadelphia is sending the Rangers,” per Grant.
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Now that Hamels appears to be on his way out of Philadelphia, Kaplan stresses Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz are the only remaining members of the Phillies’ 2008 World Series championship team.
As for the Rangers, they are looking forward to the 2016 MLB season when they will have Hamels, Yu Darvish and Derek Holland in the same rotation. Darvish had season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery in March. Holland sustained a shoulder injury in April but could return as early as August, per Kaplan.
The Phillies were eyeing pitcher Chi-Chi Gonzalez but the Rangers didnt’ want to give him up. They parted ways with Thompson instead, per Grant.
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The Dallas Morning News update emphasizes the move was “the most cost-effective way” of improving the Rangers’ roster notwithstanding some hefty contracts they have, including those of shortstop Elvis Andrus and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.
Andrus and Choo’s contracts have a combined value of $205 million over a seven-year stretch, per Grant.
The 31-year-old Hamels has amassed a 114-90 (.559) win-loss record with 1,844 strikeouts and a 3.30 ERA in 295 regular-season games in 10 MLB seasons — all spent with the Philadelphia Phillies — per Baseball-Reference.com.
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