Phillies Trade Cole Hamels to Texas
- Updated: July 30, 2015
Philadelphia PA: There is a time that all teams (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) have to go through a period where they have to get rid of old player and fan favorites and use a term that the fan base does not want to hear it is called “REBUILD” and see the future of the team to give the fan base something to look forward to.
On Wednesday night, the Phillies pulled the trigger and got the rebuild process in full gear as they sent the ace of the team Cole Hamels & left-hander Jake Diekman with cash considerations to the Texas Rangers as the Phillies receive right-hander Jake Thompson, catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams, right-hander Alec Asher and right-hander Jerad Eickhoff, all prospects, as well as 29-year-old big league pitcher Matt Harrison, a left-hander.
The Phillies drafted Cole Hamels in the first round of the 2002 draft & made his MLB Debut with the Phillies on May 12,2006 against the Cincinnati Reds going 5 innings, 1 hit, 7 strikeouts and got the no decision. Hamels picked up his 1st MLB win on June 6,2006 against the Arizona Diamondbacks going 5.2 innings,3 hits, 1 run 2 strikeouts on 90 pitches.
Cole Hamels would be the hero for the 2008 season as he lead the Phillies to win their first championship since 1980 and at the same time was named World Series MVP which saw him pick up 4 wins that post season.
Hamels would make the all star team 3 times in 2007, 2011, 2012. Hamels pitched in the 2007 all star game going 1 inning & also pitched in the 2012 all star game and pitched a scoreless inning.
Hamels pitched a combined No Hitter against the Atlanta Braves on September 1,2014
This season for the Phillies, Cole Hamels record was 6-7 with a 3.64 ERA in 20 starts. In his final start with the Phillies which was July 25 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Hamels would throw his 1st career NO Hitter in 5-0 shutout win while throwing 129 pitches with 13 strikeouts.
During his 10 years with the Phillies, Cole Hamels would go 114-90 with 3.30 ERA with 1,844 Strikeouts, also had 14 complete games, 7 shutouts over 1,930 Innings pitched in 295 Games
The players that are coming to the Phillies are the following, Stats from Megan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro)
Alfaro, 22, was hitting .253 for the AA Frisco Roughriders with 5 home runs and 21 runs batted in in 49 games. He is out of action with an ankle injury.
Williams, 21, is a 6’ 3” outfielder who is hitting .300 with 13 home runs and 45 RBIs for the Roughriders in 96 games.
Thompson, 21, is 6’4” righthander who is 6-6 with a 4.72 ERA in 17 games with the RoughRiders. He has struck out 78 batters in 87 innings.
Asher, a 23-year-old righthander, is 4-10 with a 4.43 ERA in 20 games with the AAA Round Rock Express.
Eickhoff, a 25-year-old righthander, is 9-4 with a 4.30 ERA in 19 games with the AAA Round Rock Express.
Matt Harrison, 30, is 50-35 with a 4.21 ERA in 8 season with Texas. He is 1-2 this year with a 6.75 ERA after returning from injury