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Rangers Informed Matt Harrison Of Trade Mid-Game

Aug 3, 2015 8:10 AM

The Texas Rangers pulled Matt Harrison aside during a game last Wednesday night to inform him that he would be traded to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Word was spreading that Harrison would be part of the package given to the Phillies for Cole Hamels and the Rangers wanted to inform the left-hander before his family found out on the internet.

Jon Daniels said he did not want a repeat of the situation that arose when word leaked of the Ian Kinsler-Prince Fielder swap in 2013. Kinsler found out over social media while Daniels was on a flight, leaving Kinsler angry.

"We wanted to avoid what happened with Ian," Daniels said. "We were concerned that Matt's name would get out there. We don't want players to read about it online. Usually, we wait until things are official, but we didn't want Matt and his wife, Meghan, to hear about it in another way. We explained the deal.

"When it was all over, I asked Matt why he thought we were calling him up to meet with him," Daniels added. "He said, he assumed it was about Hamels, but he thought that we wanted to tell him that Hamels was starting Saturday and he was moved back to Sunday. This is the business side, the cold side. But it's the reality of doing business. He is simply an all-world person."

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Tags: Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Phillies Trade Ben Revere To Blue Jays

Jul 31, 2015 3:17 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired Ben Revere from the Philadelphia Phillies, according to a report.

Revere is expected to play left field for the Blue Jays and could hit first.

He is controllable through arbitration through 2017.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Source: Hamels Wouldn't Accept Trade To Astros

Jul 30, 2015 8:39 AM

Cole Hamels told the Philadelphia Phillies that he would not accept a deal to the Houston Astros, according to a source.

Philadelphia traded Hamels to the Texas Rangers in an eight-player deal on Wednesday night. Hamels had a no-trade clause in his contract that allowed a deal to select teams without his consent. The Rangers were on the approved list.

Houston is looking to further bolster their rotation after acquiring Scott Kazmir last week.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Eight Players, $9.5M In Cash Involved In Hamels Trade

Jul 30, 2015 7:15 AM

The trade that will send Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers involves eight players and a significant amount of cash with six players headed to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Texas will receive Hamels, reliever Jake Diekman and $9.5 million in exchange for Matt Harrison, pitching prospects Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jared Eickhoff, catching prospect Jorge Alfaro and outfield prospect Nick Williams.

Hamels is signed through 2018 and is guaranteed $82.1 million, plus a club/vesting option in 2019.

Philadelphia will be responsible for all $32 million of what is owed to Harrison through 2017.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Rangers Nearing Deal For Cole Hamels

Jul 29, 2015 9:51 PM

The Texas Rangers are nearing a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies for Cole Hamels, according to a source.

Rangers prospect Jerad Eickhoff, a pitcher, was pulled from a Triple-A game on Wednesday night. Given the timing, he could be headed to the Phillies in a deal.

Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly is reporting that catching prospect Jorge Alfaro is headed to Philadelphia in the deal.

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that Nick Williams is also going to the Phillies, but that others are involved.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Giants 'Fading' In Cole Hamels Derby

Jul 29, 2015 1:12 PM

The San Francisco Giants are fading in the race to acquire Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Giants haven't been in touch with the Phillies over the last 24 hours, according to a source.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Red Sox 'Unlikely' To Get Cole Hamels

Jul 29, 2015 9:57 AM

The Boston Red Sox are unlikely to complete a trade for Cole Hamels this week.

The Red Sox have long been linked to the Philadelphia Phillies left-hander, but his no-trade clause has been a consistent road block.

Hamels can be traded to two American League teams -- the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers -- without his consent.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Rangers Not Looking For Rentals, Talking Pitchers With Padres

Jul 29, 2015 7:05 AM

The Texas Rangers aren't looking to acquire rental players this week as they eye additions that could help beyond 2015.

Texas is discussing Cole Hamels with the Philadelphia Phillies, as well as Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner with the San Diego Padres.

T.R. Sullivan/

Tags: Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Drew Storen Seemingly Unhappy With Papelbon Trade

Jul 29, 2015 6:52 AM

The Washington Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon on Tuesday, something that didn't seem to sit well with incumbent closer Drew Storen.

"All I'm going to say is, I'm aware of the move and I've talked to Mike about it. I've talked to my agent about it," Storen said. "We've had some ongoing discussions. Until those have progressed, I'm just going to leave it at that. No comment for now. But as the situation goes, I'll keep you guys posted."

This will mark the third time that Storen has lost his job as closer since 2011.

Storen has a 1.73 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 36.1 innings (29 saves) this season.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Tags: Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Nationals Acquire Papelbon From Phillies

Jul 28, 2015 5:57 PM

The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a trade that will send Jonathan Papelbon to the nation's capital.

Under the terms of the agreement, Papelbon will close for the Nationals and be signed through 2016, according to a source.

It is also being reported that Papelbon will take less money to leave the Phillies and that Washington will send a Double-A pitcher to Philadelphia as part of the deal.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Dodgers 'Prioritizing' Cole Hamels
The Dodgers want to exhaust all possibilities in talks with the Phillies before they move onto a secondary target like Yovani Gallardo.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Source: Phillies Will Trade Jonathan Papelbon
The Phillies will grant Jonathan Papelbon's wish and trade the reliever this week, according to a source.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Philles Want 'Best' Offers For Hamels By Wednesday
The Phillies are telling interested teams that they want "best" offers for Cole Hamels by Wednesday, according to sources.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Sources: Nationals Making Progress On Deal For Papelbon
Jonathan Papelbon, who has been vocal about wanting a trade from the Phillies, has said that he will only approve a trade if he can close for his new team.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Rangers Appear To Be Front-Runners For Hamels
The Rangers are believed to be the front-runners to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies, according to the perception of those in the industry.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Sources: Giants Making Push For Cole Hamels
The Phillies aren't sure whether the Giants have enough to offer for the left-hander.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Phillies, Rangers Discuss Prospects That Could Make Up Hamels Deal
Not all the names would be included in a potential trade, but catcher Jorge Alfaro, right-handers Chi Chi Rodriguez and Jose Ortiz and outfielders Nick Williams and Lewis Brinson have all come up in t

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Astros Reportedly Making 'Big Push' For Cole Hamels
Despite acquiring Scott Kazmir last week, the Astros are still pursuing Cole Hamels in a trade with the Phillies.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Yankees Want Hamels, But Won't Part With Top Prospects
The Yankees have inquired with the Phillies about Cole Hamels, but they are unwilling to part with several of the organization's top prospects.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

Diamondbacks Reach Out To Phillies About Cole Hamels
Arizona is interested in adding Cole Hamels for the future. They entered play on Monday five games under .500.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Giants Shopping For Elite Starting Pitcher
The Giants are looking to add a starting pitcher and would prefer to add an elite one to start a potential second playoff game behind Madison Bumgarner in October.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Cole Hamels No-Hits Cubs Amid Trade Rumors
Cole Hamels struck out 13 in the first no-hitter against the Cubs in 50 years.

Cubs, Phillies Have Talked About Hamels Trade
With a playoff appearance in their sights, the Cubs have been in discussions with the Phillies on a deal for Cole Hamels, according to sources.

David Kaplan/CSN Chicago

Trade Market For Papelbon Appears To Be Cooling
Jonathan Papelbon, who has expressed his desire to be traded multiple times, is no longer being actively pursued by the Blue Jays, Cubs and Dodgers, according to sources.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Cubs May Package Baez, Castro In Deal For Hamels
The Cubs are rumored to be one of the potential destinations for Cole Hamels as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Phillies Still Don't See Hamels Trade As 'Do-Or-Die'
With a little more than a week before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the Phillies still aren't feeling any pressure to move Cole Hamels.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Albert Pujols Passes Mike Schmidt On Home Run List
Albert Pujols hit three home runs in one doubleheader on Monday for the Angels.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Cubs, Dodgers, Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox Scout Hamels
The Dodgers have been linked to top-level starters as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, while the Cubs, Rangers and Red Sox contacted the Phillies about Cole Hamels in recent weeks.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Hamels Lasts Only Three-Innings Amid Trade Talk
Cole Hamels is 0-2 with a 19.91 ERA over his last two starts, allowing 20 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Dodgers Have Continually Discussed Hamels With Phillies
The Dodgers could be the biggest buyers on the trade market this month. Johnny Cueto of the Reds is believed to be their top target.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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