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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

Jul 28, 2015 4:55 PM

As the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, the Los Angeles Dodgers have made Cole Hamels their top target, according to a report.

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

Los Angeles still insists they won't move top prospects Corey Seager and Julio Urias.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Source: Phillies Will Trade Jonathan Papelbon

Jul 28, 2015 1:13 PM

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

"Papelbon will be traded," the source said.

Papelbon has a $13 million option for 2016 and has said that he would only approve a deal if he's able to close.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Philles Want 'Best' Offers For Hamels By Wednesday

Jul 28, 2015 12:31 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies are telling interested teams that they want "best" offers for Cole Hamels by Wednesday, according to sources.

Philadelphia has been connected to a long list of teams -- the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Sources: Nationals Making Progress On Deal For Papelbon

Jul 28, 2015 11:23 AM

The Washington Nationals are making progress on a trade for Jonathan Papelbon, according to sources.

Papelbon, who has been vocal about wanting a trade from the Philadelphia Phillies, has said that he will only approve a trade if he can close for his new team.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

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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

Rangers Unlikely To Trade For Cole Hamels
The Rangers have been connected to Cole Hamels since Yu Darvish was lost to Tommy John surgery, but they are unlikely to acquire the left-hander in a trade with the Phillies.

T.R. Sullivan/

Rangers Could Swing Big Deal Before Deadline
If the Rangers play well over the next few weeks, they could swing a big deal before the non-waiver trade deadline.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Phillies Confident They'll 'Get Some Things Done'
As the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, Ruben Amaro, Jr. says that he has had "great dialogue with a lot of clubs on several fronts" and expressed confidence in "get[ting] some things done."

Corey Seidman/CSN Philly

Papelbon Still Wants Trade To Contender
Veteran closer Jonathan Papelbon is lobbying for the Phillies to trade him before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

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