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Beltre Becomes First Player Since 1930s With Third Cycle

Aug 4, 2015 5:28 AM

Adrian Beltre hit a home run in the fifth inning on Monday night to complete his third career cycle.

He is the the first player since the 1930s to accomplish the feat.

"Not going to lie, I was looking for a home run," Beltre said of his fourth at-bat.

The last Major Leaguer with three career cycles was Babe Herman, who had two in 1931 and one in 1933, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The only other Major Leaguers with three career cycles are Bob Meusel (1921, 1922 and 1928) and John Reilly (twice in 1883 and 1890).

Associated Press

Tags: Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Stats

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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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Rangers Leaning Towards Keeping Gallardo

Jul 31, 2015 3:12 PM

The Texas Rangers are leaning towards keeping Yovani Gallardo, according to a report.

Texas has been accepting offers for Gallardo, but have never been against holding onto him.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays have been linked to Gallardo.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays, Rangers Aren't Progressing On Gallardo Trade

Jul 30, 2015 11:44 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers aren't progressing in trade talks involving Yovani Gallardo.

Gallardo is reportedly more of a "fallback" option for Toronto.

The Rangers are reportedly looking for a right-handed bat in a trade.

T.R. Sullivan/MLB.com

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, 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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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/MLB.com

Tags: Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, 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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Rangers Appear To Be Front-Runners For Hamels

Jul 28, 2015 11:20 AM

The Texas Rangers are believed to be the front-runners to acquire Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies, according to the perception of those in the industry.

The Rangers reportedly have the best prospect package in the eyes of the Phillies.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

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

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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

Indians, Rangers Have Inquired About Carlos Gomez
The Indians and Rangers are among the teams that have inquired with the Brewers about Carlos Gomez, according to Major League sources.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Sources: Rangers, Dodgers Likely To Trade For Hamels
The Phillies continue to discuss Cole Hamels with a number of teams.


Rangers Willing To Move Yovani Gallardo
The Rangers are listening to trade offers for Yovani Gallardo, according to a report.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

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/MLB.com

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

Rangers To Release Ross Detwiler
The Rangers have requested unconditional release waivers for Ross Detwiler after he rejected an outright assignment.

Stefan Stevenson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Feliz Refuses Assignment, Becomes Free Agent
The Rangers designated the reliever for assignment on July 3.

Associated Press

Phillies May Have Been Close To Papelbon Trade In June
The Phillies were close to dealing Jonathan Papelbon last month before ending talks, according to other Major League clubs.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Rangers To Sign Cuban Free Agent Andy Ibanez
The infielder, 22, showcased for Major League teams at the University of Miami earlier this year.

Jeff Wilson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

Josh Hamilton Isn't Preparing Differently For Series With Angels
Josh Hamilton will get his first chance for revenge this weekend when the Rangers face off against the Angels.


Prince Fielder Joins Dad In 300-Homer Club
Prince Fielder homered in the first inning Friday night to join dad Cecil in the 300-homer club.


Rangers Trade For Hamels Is 'Not On The Board'
The Rangers aren't close to a deal for Cole Hamels.

T.R. Sullivan/MLB.com

Rangers, Phillies Have 'Ongoing Dialogue' Regarding Hamels
Cole Hamels is open to waiving his no-trade clause for such a deal, according to the report.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

RealGM Staff Report

Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

RealGM Staff Report

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