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MLB Rumors: Texas Rangers Have Trade In Place For Cole Hamels

Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers became the talk of baseball Wednesday for their creative maneuvering as part of a transaction. Their trade with the Miami Marlins for Mat Latos, Michael Morse and a competitive balance draft pick came unraveled in a sense, then picked up a head of steam with the Atlanta Braves getting involved.

As for other happenings across the league, Cole Hamels’ long-anticipated departure from Philadelphia appears to be a mere formality at this stage. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Texas Rangers are on track to trade for Hamels and the deal is expected to be completed Wednesday night:

The Dodgers were among the teams reported to be interested in Hamels. Along with the Rangers, they recently were named one of the favorites to acquire the left-hander. The Houston Astros attempted to enter the picture, but faced the uphill battle of getting Hamels to accept being dealt there.

Previous overtures with Philadelphia resulted in the Dodgers being asked to include Corey Seager and Julio Urias in any trade for the Phillies’ ace. While Hamels has been on the Dodgers’ radar, their preferred choice is believed to be David Price.

The Detroit Tigers formally made Price and others available for trade on Wednesday afternoon. Once the Dodgers put the finishing touches on the details of their three-team trade with the Braves and Marlins, it’s believed their attention will next turn to Price.

After the 2015 season Hamels is guaranteed $67.5 million over the next three years ($22.5 million each season). His contract includes a vesting option for $20 million in 2019 should he throw a minimum of 400 innings in 2017-2018.

The option also stipulates at least 200 of the innings come in 2018 and is contingent on Hamles avoiding the disabled list with a shoulder or elbow injury at the end of the 2018 season. Additionally, the 2019 option year comes with a $6 million buyout. Hamels joins Johnny Cueto as aces who have been dealt ahead of Friday’s non-waiver deadline.

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