BREAKING: Phillies Deal Hamels, Diekman to Rangers



Per multiple sources, the Phillies have dealt left-handed starting pitcher Cole Hamels and left-handed relief pitcher Jake Diekman to the Texas Rangers in exchange for a package of prospects including catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams, right-handed pitchers Jerad Eickhoff, Alec Asher and Jake Thompson,  and left-handed starting pitcher Matt Harrison.

The prize of the trade is right handed starter Jake Thompson. Ranked as the #4 prospect in the Rangers systems and the #60 overall by, Thompson, 23, has put up decent numbers between two minor league level this year. In 20 total starts, Thompson has a 4.43 ERA with 97 strike outs and 37 walks. The 2012 4th round pick most recently pitched in AAA Round Rock.

Nick Williams, 21 and the 2012 2nd round pick out of Ball High School in Texas, was recently rated as the #5 prospect in the Rangers system and #64 overall by Alfaro, 22, was ranked as the #6 prospect in the Rangers system and #69 overall. He was also selected as the 2nd best catching prospect in all of baseball. Both Williams and Alfaro were playing in AA Frisco. Williams has posted solid numbers on the season with a .300 average and .837 OPS, while hitting 13 HR’s and stealing 10 bases. Alfaro has boasted solid defense while hitting 5 HR’s of his own.

Eickhoff, 25, was ranked as the #17 prospect in the Rangers farm system while Asher, 23, ranks #29. Both should report to AAA Lehigh Valley.

Harrison, 29, has struggled in recent years with injury trouble. His last full season in the major leagues was 2012 when he went 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA and 133 strike outs.


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