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Cole Hamels | Starting Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 202
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Cole Hamels was magnificent in Friday's victory over the Orioles, racking up 10 strikeouts over eight innings of one-run ball.
Hamels allowed just two hits on the evening while walking four. The lone run against him came home on a bases loaded walk to Chris Davis in the third inning. It's his second straight victory with his new club, where he owns a 3.89 ERA and 33/13 K/BB ratio through 34 2/3 innings in his five starts. He'll look to extend his winning streak when he takes on the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday. Aug 28 - 11:18 PM

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Cole Hamels earned his first win as a Ranger, pitching six innings of two-run ball to beat the Tigers on Sunday.

Hamels had earned two no-decision and a loss in his first three starts since coming to Texas. On Sunday, he allowed only an RBI single to Miguel Cabrera in the first inning and an RBI single to Jose Iglesias in the fourth. Overall, he gave up eight hits and walked two while striking out two. Hamels, in four starts with the Rangers, has a 4.72 ERA and a 23/9 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings. He'll face the Orioles at home in his next outing.
Aug 23 - 4:22 PM

Cole Hamels gave up three runs in seven innings, taking a no-decision in Monday's win against the Mariners.

Hamels, returning to the rotation following a groin injury, gave up an RBI double in the fourth and an RBI single in the fifth, erasing a 2-0 lead. In the seventh, the Mariners re-tied the game at 3-3 when Ketel Marte hit an RBI single. They were three of seven hits the lefty allowed along with four walks and eight strikeouts. Results-wise, it was the best of Hamels' three starts with his new team. As a Ranger, he has a 5.23 ERA with a 1.45 WHIP and a 21/7 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings. Hamels will try again for his first win over the weekend in Detroit against the Tigers.
Aug 17 - 11:07 PM

Cole Hamels (groin) is expected to return to the Rangers' rotation Monday against the Mariners.

Hamels was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday against the Twins with a groin issue, but it sounds like a pretty minor thing. "We'll know more when he throws this weekend," general manager Jon Daniels told's T.R. Sullivan. "He has shown some improvement so we're hoping he can start on Monday." Chi Chi Gonzalez is taking his turn on Thursday afternoon.
Aug 13 - 1:02 PM

Cole Hamels has been scratched from his start Thursday against the Twins due to a groin issue.

The hope is that Hamels will only have to miss one turn in the Rangers' rotation. He was knocked around for four runs in six innings Friday night by the Mariners and owns a 5.93 ERA through his first two starts with Texas. Maybe the rest will do him some good.
Aug 11 - 5:13 PM

Cole Hamels lost his first decision for the Rangers on Friday, allowing four runs in six innings against the Mariners.

Hamels gave up three homers for the 12th time in his career and second time this year. It wasn't bad aside from that -- he struck out seven and walked two -- but three homers is tough to overcome. Hamels has a 5.93 ERA in his first two starts for his new team.
Aug 8 - 1:49 AM

Cole Hamels surrendered five runs in 7 2/3 innings against the Giants in his debut for the Rangers on Saturday.

Hamels, coming off his no-hitter against the Cubs, retired his first six tonight before Brandon Belt homered to start the third. The Giants totaled three runs then, but Hamels kept them scoreless into the seventh afterwards. Despite giving up a Buster Posey homer in that frame, he came back out for the eighth. He retired the first two batters he faced, only to get pulled after a Joe Panik double. The Rangers still led 7-4 at that point, but Panik scored off Tanner Scheppers, as did two others, and Hamels lost his chance at a win. Hamels threw just 97 pitches, so there was little reason not to use him in the eighth. If only he had been left in to attack Matt Duffy after the Panik double, he might have gotten his win after all.
Aug 2 - 2:23 AM

Rangers acquired LHP Cole Hamels, LHP Jake Diekman and cash from the Phillies for C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Jake Thompson, OF Nick Williams, RHP Alec Asher, LHP Matt Harrison and RHP Jerad Eickhoff.

The Rangers have themselves a co-ace with Yu Darvish to put in front of their 2016 rotation, and since the Phillies ate $9.5 million of the $82 million he's still owed and took back Harrison's $33 million, he won't break the budget. Of course, they had to give up three top prospects to get him, but since they managed to hold on to their two best in Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara, it's hard to blame them for making the deal. They'd still seem to be long shots to reach the postseason this year, but this can't hurt their chances. Hamels loses some fantasy value with the deal, since he's going to the tougher league and a hitter's park, but at least he's looking at getting run support for the first time in years.
Jul 31 - 12:31 PM

Todd Zolecki of reports that the eight-player trade between the Rangers and Phillies involving Cole Hamels is complete, but won't be announced until Friday.

The deal had officially been approved by Major League baseball and will get completed, it just won't become official until Friday. Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman will be heading to the Rangers in exchange for Matt Harrison and five prospects: Jorge Alfaro, Jake Thompson, Nck Williams, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff.
Jul 30 - 11:02 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Phillies will acquire Matt Harrison, Alec Asher, Jake Thompson, Jerad Eickhoff, Jorge Alfaro, and Nick Williams 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

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

TR Sullivan of 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 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

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