Phillies trades for future prospects
Maya Hughes | 8/4/2015, 1:44 p.m.
A fan favorite in baseball is no longer playing in Philadelphia. The Phillies have traded Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers for six players. The trade ends a13-year tenure with the organization that drafted him straight out of high school with the 17th overall pick in 2002.
Hamels won 114 games for the Phillies with a 3.30 ERA, three All-Star Game appearances, and four top-eight Cy Young finishes. The 31-year-old also sports a 3.09 ERA across 13 postseason starts and was NLCS and World Series MVP when his Phillies won it all in 2008.
In return, the Phillies received catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams, right-handed pitchers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff, and veteran lefty Matt Harrison. Harrison is the only player with big-league experience. Asher and Eickhoff had been pitching at Triple A. Williams and Thompson were at Double A in the Rangers' system. Alfaro had also been at Double A before suffering an ankle injury that required surgery.
The Hamels trade was one of three trades that were made last week during prior to the trade deadline. Closer Jonathan Papelbon was traded to the Washington Nationals and Outfielder Ben Revere was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. In both trades, the Phillies received more prospects.