Cole Hamels to make Texas Rangers debut Saturday

The deal sending Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers has officially been completed, as reported by T.R. Sullivan of The deal had been pending since Wednesday, but both sides had been going over medical records before finalizing the deal. The Rangers will also receive reliever Jake Diekman. Going to the Philadelphia Phillies in return are left-handed starter Matt Harrison and prospects Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams, Jake Thompson, Alec Asher, and Jerad Eickhoff.

Alfaro, a catcher, was the Phillies’ top target in the Rangers’ system. Williams is an outfielder, and Thompson, Asher, and Eickhoff are pitching prospects. Alfaro, a top-50 prospect across all of baseball, has dealt with injuries this year, playing only 49 games to date due to a left ankle injury. He has not played since June 10, and could be done for the year. Williams has been close to a .300 hitter in his career, and has decent pop. Thompson, Asher, and Eickhoff have had less than stellar 2015 seasons, but are advanced enough that they could all be ready for the Major Leagues by the end of next season.

The completion of the deal allows Hamels to stay relatively on schedule. He last pitched on Saturday, throwing a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley. Hamels becomes the first pitcher in MLB history to be traded immediately following a no-hitter. In his career with the Phillies, Hamels posted a 114-90 record with a 3.30 ERA and was an integral part of the 2008 World Series championship team that ended a 25-year drought for Philadelphia franchises.

Hamels gives the Rangers a second ace to complement Yu Darvish, who is on the mend from Tommy John surgery. The Rangers surprised many by managing to stay near the playoff picture for much of the season before beginning to fade due to lack of starting pitching. The Rangers may not be done dealing, as they have been shopping Yovani Gallardo and have also been linked in trade talks with the San Diego Padres for Tyson Ross or Andrew Cashner.

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