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Hamels throws no-hitter before likely trade

Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter in what is likely his final game before being traded at next week's deadline.

Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter in what is likely his final game before being traded at next week’s deadline.

In what was sure to be his final outing for the Philadelphia Phillies, ace pitcher Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter. His team could not have asked for a better performance from their top trade chips heading into the deadline next week to best maximize his value.

As he watched rookie center fielder Odubel Herrera stumble on the warning track before catching the final out of the game to secure the no-hitter, Hamels became just the 12th player in the 120-year-old franchise’s history to toss a no hitter. He struck out 13 batters in a 5-0 victory against the Cubs. The ironic part, he might be wearing a Cubs uniform the next time he pitches.

The Cubs have been searching for a top-end pitcher to add as they make a run for the playoffs. Hamels has been linked for them for quite some time and after seeing him just dominate their team, that Cubs front office may have no reservations in sending a top-of-the-line prospect to Philadelphia to secure him.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers have also been linked to the left-handed hurler, who is now 6-7 with a 3.64 ERA and 137 strikeouts.

The Phillies have a league worst 36-63 record and are 17 games back in the NL East.

The cubs top prospects include right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr., catcher Kyle Scwarber and outfielder Albert Almora.

they are in third place in the NL central with a 51-45 record but just 1.5 games back from the San Francisco Giants for the second Wild Card spot. Hamel would give them a true ace at the top of their rotation along with Jon Lester.

Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel both have better ERAs than Lester and Hamels but are perfect as No. 3 and 4 pitchers in a rotation. Kyle Hendricks would be the fifth. Currently, the team is going with Clayton Richard as their fifth starter. He is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts.

Hamels may very well end up being the first pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter in his final appearance with a team. Edwin Jackon threw a no-hitter for the Arizona Diamondbacks one month before he was traded for the Chicago White Sox but had five rather poor performances afterwards before getting dealt.

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