Phillies acquired C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Jake Thompson, OF Nick Williams, RHP Alec Asher, LHP Matt Harrison and RHP Jerad Eickhoff from the Rangers for LHP Cole Hamels, LHP Jake Diekman and cash.
Alfaro won't necessarily be the best player the Phillies are getting here, but he likely was their top priority, what with Carlos Ruiz's career winding down and no other potential starting catcher in the organization. Alfaro is on the shelf now with an ankle injury and might not be back this year, but he offers quite a bit of offensive potential and plenty of tools behind the plate. His skills haven't made him a major league-quality receiver yet, but he still should get there in time. It'd probably be for the best if he's not needed until 2017, giving him a full year in Triple-A next season.
Cardinals acquired RHP Jonathan Broxton and cash considerations from the Brewers in exchange for OF Malik Collymore.
Broxton holds an ugly 5.89 ERA for the season, but he's struck out a batter per inning and been very good of late, allowing runs in just one of his last 10 appearances. He's another bullpen depth addition after they acquired Steve Cishek last week.
Rangers prospect Jake Thompson was traded to the Phillies in an eight-player deal.
Thompson was a pretty good prospect when the Rangers got him from the Tigers in the Joakim Soria deal last summer, but his stock soared when he excelled in Double-A after the deal. This year, he's been in more of a holding pattern, amassing a 4.72 ERA and a 78/30 K/BB ratio in 87 2/3 innings back in Double-A. He's just 21 and he has the arm of a possible No. 2 starter if he stays healthy, but he's no longer moving as quickly as it looked like he might a year ago.
Outfielder Nick Williams was traded from the Rangers to the Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade.
This isn't the first year that Williams has put up numbers, but it's the first time he's done so while showing a modicum of plate discipline. He's gone from posting a 110/15 K/BB ratio in 95 games in 2013 and a 140/22 K/BB ratio in 112 games last year to coming in at 77/32 through 97 games this year. He's also hitting .299/.357/.479 with 13 homers and 10 steals in Double-A. If he keeps improving, he could take over as the Phillies' left fielder next summer.
RHP Alec Asher was sent from Texas to Philadelphia in the Cole Hamels deal.
The 23-year-old Asher is 4-10 with a 4.43 ERA and a 97/37 K/BB ratio in 107 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A this year. He has the arm to excel in the majors, but hasn't yet come up with consistent enough secondary pitches to dominate minor league hitters. He's still a nice pickup by the Phillies here. Something might click with different coaching, and if it does, he could be one of the team's better starting pitchers come mid-2016.
Left-hander Matt Harrison was traded from the Rangers to the Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade.
Harrison's inclusion was all about evening up the salaries a bit; he's still owed $33 million through 2017, but because of injuries, he no longer resembles the guy who won 18 games and went to the All-Star Game in 2012. He is healthy enough to pitch at the moment, so he'll probably go right into Philadelphia's rotation in Hamels' place. He shouldn't have any fantasy value, though.
RHP Jerad Eickhoff was traded from the Rangers to the Phillies in an eight-player deal.
Eickhoff is the most modest talent of the five prospects the Phillies got back, though he's someone who could go into their rotation by the end of the year. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound right-hander was 9-4 with a 4.25 ERA and a 93/33 K/BB ratio in 101 2/3 innings for Triple-A Round Rock. He offers limited upside, but maybe he can survive as a fifth starter.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was told by one source that there's a "50/50" chance the Orioles trade for Ben Revere.
The O's have already added Gerardo Parra, but they're still seeking some outfield help. Revere has also been connected with the Blue Jays, but it sounds like their interest has died down a bit. He's under team control through 2017.