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Cole Hamels | Starting Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 202
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Phillies will acquire Matt Harrison, Alec Asher, Jerad Eickhoff, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams, and Matt Harrison in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.
Alfaro, Williams, and Thompson are the three best prospects in the deal, and represent a nice return package for the Phillies. The Rangers get another ace to pair with Yu Darvish for the next few seasons as they strive to return to glory in the American League West. Hamels has a cool 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 137/39 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings this season and he's coming off a no-hitter last Saturday against the Cubs. Jul 29 - 11:05 PM

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms that the Rangers have agreed to a deal to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

TR Sullivan of MLB.com had first reported that the two sides were very close on ironing out a deal. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickhoff and Nick Williams will head to the Phillies, while Jake Diekman will join the Rangers. The Phillies will also send cash to the Rangers as part of the deal. Expect everything to be finalized and officially announced on Thursday.
Jul 29 - 10:29 PM

TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are getting close to acquiring Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

While the two sides are reportedly at the finish line of a potential deal, there has been no word as to what the Phillies would receive in return. Sullivan expects a deal to be finalized on Thursday.
Jul 29 - 9:51 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are "now the clear-cut favorite" to land Cole Hamels.

Nightengale says the Dodgers prefer David Price, and the Tigers made it public Wednesday that they're going to begin selling parts. Hamels is also drawing interest from the Astros, but word from Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle is that the Astros expect the ace left-hander to land elsewhere. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday afternoon that the Giants are "fading" in the Hamels chase. It's all coming together for Texas.
Jul 29 - 4:53 PM

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros "remain in the Cole Hamels race" but expect him to land elsewhere.

That's seemed to be the feeling for a while, as the Astros have made a nice effort for Hamels but can't seem to convince the left-hander to consider accepting a trade there. The Rangers and Dodgers are looking like the teams to beat for the southpaw.
Jul 29 - 2:10 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are "fading" in the pursuit of Cole Hamels.

It's not a surprise. The Giants would like a frontline starter to pair with Madison Bumgarner, but they have a weak farm system and, thus, can't compete for Hamels if there's a bidding war. San Francisco might have to set their sights a bit lower in their desire for a starter.
Jul 29 - 1:15 PM

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com "strongly believes" that the Phillies will trade Cole Hamels to the Rangers.

Salisbury is well-connected with the Phillies and it's the second time in the last few days that he's listed the Rangers as the favorites for Hamels' services. The Dodgers will likely be their biggest competitors, with the Astros, Yankees, Giants, Cubs, Red Sox and Diamondbacks also in the mix.
Jul 29 - 12:48 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Cole Hamels' no-trade clause "continues to be a roadblock" when it comes to the Red Sox trying to acquire him.

The Red Sox have often been connected to Hamels since last offseason, but Bradford says they "aren’t a likely landing spot" due to them being on the southpaw's no-trade list. The Astros have run into the same problem, as they've pursued Hamels heavily but it doesn't sound like the lefty wants to go there. The Dodgers and Rangers look like the favorites for Hamels at the moment.
Source: WEEI.com
Jul 29 - 9:58 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros are "making a strong effort" for Cole Hamels.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported something similar on Tuesday. It's still unknown whether Hamels would wind up approving a deal to Houston, but it appears the Astros are giving it their best shot. The Phillies have reportedly told teams to get their best offers in for Hamels on Wednesday.
Jul 28 - 7:48 PM

Cole Hamels' next start has been pushed to Friday.

Hamels is scheduled to start Thursday, but the Phillies obviously don't want to use him one day before the July 31 trade deadline. His start Friday will likely be in a different uniform. The left-hander threw a no-hitter against the Cubs on Saturday afternoon.
Jul 28 - 4:11 PM

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Phillies have told several teams interested in Cole Hamels that they'd like to get their "best" offers by Wednesday.

Coming off a no-hitter, Hamels is currently scheduled to make his next start Thursday against the Braves. The Phillies would apparently prefer to make a decision before that, but there's a chance this situation could drag into Friday. The Dodgers and Rangers have been considered the favorites to land Hamels in recent days, but the Phillies have also spoken with the Cubs, Giants, Astros, Diamondbacks, Yankees, and Red Sox.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 12:26 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are making a "strong push" to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

Rosenthal notes that the Giants have $50 million coming off the payroll at the end of the season, so adding Hamels wouldn't break the bank. The Giants' biggest competition might be the division rival Dodgers, though the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Diamondbacks, and Astros have also been mentioned as possibilities.
Jul 28 - 9:01 AM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Astros "were told weeks ago" that Cole Hamels would not approve a trade to Houston.

It apparently hasn't kept the Astros from pursuing him, as both Stark and his colleague, Jerry Crasnick, are hearing that Houston is making a late push for the left-hander. Whether they'd be able to offer the best package and talk the left-hander into changing his mind remains to be seen.
Jul 27 - 10:09 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Astros "remain in the thick" of the bidding for Cole Hamels and are "making a big push" for the left-hander.

The Astros acquired Scott Kazmir last week but apparently aren't done in their search for frontline pitching. Houston is on Hamels' no-trade list and it's been reported previously that he might not be willing to waive it in order to go to the Astros. The Rangers are viewed by most as the favorites at the moment to land Hamels.
Jul 27 - 9:03 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks have reached out to the Phillies to express their interest in Cole Hamels.

The D'Backs can't be considered real contenders this season, but they'd be looking at Hamels as more of a long-term play since he's under contract through 2018 with an option for 2019. Arizona is one of 20 clubs on Hamels' no-trade list, although the southpaw has noted that he'd be willing to consider a deal to any club.
Jul 27 - 5:10 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Chase Utley
3Andres Blanco
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
LF1Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Ben Revere
2Domonic Brown
3Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Aaron Harang
3Jerome Williams
4Aaron Nola
5Adam Morgan
6Chad Billingsley
7Cliff Lee
8Jonathan Pettibone
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Jake Diekman
3Justin De Fratus
4Jeanmar Gomez
5Mario Hollands
6Luis Garcia
7Elvis Araujo
8Hector Neris