Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels lands with Rangers; Red Sox not close

Rob Bradford
July 29, 2015 - 11:04 pm
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The mystery regarding where Cole Hamels might end up has been solved. And it should be no surprise that his new landing spot isn't with the Red Sox. The 31-year-old lefty was traded from the Phillies to the Rangers Wednesday night in an eight-player deal. Heading to Texas will be Hamels, reliever Jake Diekman and $9.5 million. In return, Philadelphia receives veteran pitcher Matt Harrison along with pitching prospects Jake Thompson, Alec Asher, Jerad Eickhoff, catching prospect Jorge Alfaro, and outfield prospect Nick Williams. Thompson and Alfaro are considered two of the top 50 prospects in the game according to Baseball America. The Rangers didn't, however, have to part with their top prospect, Joey Gallo, whom -- according to a major league source -- the Phillies stopped asking for early on in the negotiations. The Rangers weren't one of the 20 teams Hamels had the right to veto a trade to. According to sources, the belief in recent days was that the Phillies were steering negotiations toward any of the nine teams not on the pitcher's no-trade list who were showing significant interest. With the Red Sox on Hamels' no-trade list, sources confirmed that the organization didn't view itself as a serious contender for the pitcher's services in the days prior to Wednesday's trade. Houston, which also had significant interest in the pitcher, found itself in a similar position as the Red Sox. The Dodgers, who were not on Hamels' no-trade list, were believed to be the Rangers' most serious competitor for the southpaw's services. Hamels will be paid $82.1 million through the 2018 season, with a team/vesting $20 million option for '19.

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