The Texas Rangers have acquired starting pitcher Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies. The blockbuster trade involved the following players:
Rangers receive: SP Cole Hamels, RP Jake Diekman
Phillies receive: C Jorge Alfaro, SP Matt Harrison, OF Nick Williams, SP Alec Asher, SP Jake Thompson, SP Jerad Eickhoff
The Rangers get a true ace in Cole Hamels who is under contract until 2018. Texas gives up six players in total but only three of them are considered top prospects. Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams, and Jake Thompson have shown in the minors that they may one day be good players but they haven’t been consistent enough to make the big league roster. Maybe they’ll have that chance in Philly. Matt Harrison, just coming off of injury, is a good comeback story but with the addition of Cole Hamels, the Rangers didn’t need another lefty starter. Also, Harrison is owed $28 million dollars over the next two years. So not only did the Rangers get their guy, they got rid of a major contract that could help them financially in the near future.
Why not win now?
The current A.L. West standings look like this:
With a whole lot of baseball left to play the Rangers are only 8 games back out of 1st place. It’s not unrealistic to think that Texas could catch Houston to claim the top spot in the division. An even easier task could be claiming one of the Wild Card spots in the American League.
The current American League Wild Card race looks like this:
The Rangers are only four games back of Minnesota for that second Wild Card spot.
With the addition of Hamels and the team finally at full strength it is not only possible but it is probable that the Rangers can make some noise for the rest of the season. With the way Odor has been swinging the bat lately (player of the week last week) and the already powerful heart of the order with Fielder, Beltre, Moreland, and Hamilton, this team is poised to make a run. Remember the last time the Rangers traded with the Phillies for a starting pitcher in the middle of the season? Oh yes! It was Cliff Lee. And the Rangers went on to make it to the World Series that year. I’m not saying that this is a World Series contender just yet, but this trade allows Texas to get to that point again. If not this year then definitely next year. A Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels, Derek Holland, Martin Perez, Chi Chi Gonzalez/Colby Lewis/Nick Martinez starting rotation sounds pretty dang nice to me.
But that’s looking too far ahead. Let’s live in the now. And right now, behind Hamels, I think the Rangers actually have a shot at the postseason. #NEVEREVERQUIT
important series alert: Texas takes on Houston at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Aug. 3 – Aug 5. It’s safe to say that Texas vs. Houston has become a real rivalry.
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