Breaking: Cole Hamels traded to Texas Rangers

July 30th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Filed under General, MLB, Phillies.

Cole Hamels has been traded to the Texas Rangers, according to multiple reports. This day has been talked about for close to a year now, and the rumors have finally become reality. The Rangers were believed to be the favorites for Hamels all week long, and it seems that they never really were going to lose out on Hamels after all.

According to unofficial reports, the Phillies will be getting back catching prospect Jorge Alfaro, who is highly regarded as one of, if not the top catching prospects in baseball. Along with Alfaro, it is being reported that the Phillies will be receiving outfielder Nick Williams, and RHPs, Jake Thompson, Jack Eickhoff and Alec Asher. The Phillies will also acquire pitcher Matt Harrison from Texas.

Williams is the Rangers 5th ranked prospect according to MLB.com, and is ranked 64th in MLB.com’s top 100 prospect rankings. Jake Thompson is listed as the 4th ranked prospect on the Rangers and is ranked 60th overall on MLB.com’s top 100 prospect list. Eickhoff is the Rangers 17th ranked prospect, and Asher is the Rangers 29th ranked prospect according to MLB.com.

Headed back to the Rangers along with Hamels, will be reliever Jake Diekman and cash.

There is no denying that Philadelphia will miss Cole Hamels. Phillies fans will never forget the incredible run in 2008 as Cole Hamels was flat out dominate carrying the Phils to their first World Series Championship since 1980, and winning the World Series MVP award.

Hamels will leave the Phillies with a record of 114-90 and a 3.30 ERA. The 114 wins are sixth all-time for the Phillies, and if it wasn’t for the lack of run support many nights, that win total would be even higher. The Rangers will also be getting a big game pitcher in Hamels, who has a career record of 7-4 in the postseason to go along with a 3.09 ERA.

The Phillies seemed to have received a very good return for Hamels, more than some expected them to get. Going into the season, the prospects that the Phillies received were highly regarded in the Rangers system.

Of course prospects are always a bit of an unknown, but at first glance Cole Hamels delivered for Philadelphia one final time as this seems to be a really good deal for the Phillies.

 

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