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Hamels trade sets up Rangers for now and future

Cole Hamels puts the Texas Rangers in contention not only this year but the next few years as well.

Cole Hamels puts the Texas Rangers in contention not only this year but the next few years as well.

Just four games back from the second Wild Card spot, the 48-52 Texas Rangers are going for it.

On Wednesday, the Rangers traded six players for Phillies Ace Cole Hamels, who is coming off a historic no-hitter in his final game for Philadelphia. They also got veteran relief pitcher Jake Diekman in the deal. Texas sent top catching prospect Jorge Alfaro and veteran starting pitcher Matt Harrison to Philadelphia along with minor league outfielder Nick Williams and minor league right-handed pitchers Alex Asher, Jake Thompson and Jared Eickhoff.

Texas is without their star flamethrower Yu Darvish but is still right in the thick of things for the playoffs. Next year, Darvish and Hamels will top the rotation with Yovani Gallardo potentially pitching as the No. 3 guy instead of their main hurler. Colby Lewis would no longer be the team’s No. 2 pitcher and would be in a much more appropriate No. 4 spot.

But while this trade sets the Rangers up well for the future, they have a great chance at winning this year, especially with Hamels now on the team.

Without a doubt, Hamels is one of the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. Despite what appears to be an inflated 3.64 ERA, he is a very accurate pitcher and hard thrower. In 128.2 innings pitched, Hamels has thrown 137 strikeouts and opponents have only hit .233 off of him.

He is a huge improvement to the Rangers starting rotation and the fact that Texas will have him for three more years only makes this a more significant acquisition.

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