According to multiple reports, the Texas Rangers have acquired LHP Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies along with LHP Jake Diekman and cash.
In exchange, the Rangers will send the Phillies five of their top prospects, RHP Jake Thompson (#4 on MLB.com’s list, updated early Wednesday morning), outfielder Nick Williams (#5), catcher Jorge Alfaro (#6), RHP Jerad Eickhoff (#17), RHP Alec Asher (#29), and as well as veteran LHP Matt Harrison.
The Rangers will gain control over both Hamels and Diekman until 2018, including a $20 million club option on Hamels in 2019.
31-year-old Hamels is a three-time All-Star, 2008 World Series MVP and threw a no-hitter in his last start. In 10 season with the Phillies, Hamels has a 114-90 record with a 3.30 ERA. With the Rangers only four games back from a spot in the American League wild card, Hamels will be able to contribute this season.
Diekman, 28, who has a 3.84 in four seasons of relief with the Phillies will serve as a much needed left-handed arm out of the bullpen for the Rangers.
While giving up the prospects is no piece of cake, the Rangers were able to avoid trading no.1 prospect third baseman Joey Gallo, no.2 prospect outfielder Nomar Mazara and no.9 prospect RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez.
Including Harrison in the deal is one that will pull at a lot of heartstrings. Harrison is in his eighth year with Texas, and just made an incredible comeback following spinal fusion surgery. With the trade however, the Rangers will avoid paying the oft injured Harrison at least $28 million dollars through 2017.