Still don't know why the Phillies have the need to jettison Hamels, but prospects are like mining for gold, it's not always going to work out
The term prospect in baseball is thrown around a lot, and it usually means just that. A baseball prospect is someone who may be able to play the game really well, but there is a wait and see attached to it.
The Phillies will announce today that Cole Hamels, longtime Phillies ace, will be dealt to the Texas Rangers along with Jake Diekman for a bunch of Texas Rangers prospects. The Phillies also will send $9.5M cash to the Rangers, as reported last night by Jim Callis, MLB baseball writer.
It hardly seems right to send cash along with an ace like Hamels and reliever Diekman, but that's what the Phillies are doing.
What do the Phillies get in return? A bunch of prospects and Matt Harrison. Harrison has a 6.75 ERA in 3 games along with 2 losses for the Rangers. Harrison also has a career 4.21 ERA so that isn't very inspiring to know. The prospects are: Jake Thompson, Jerad Eickhoff, Alec Asher, Nick Williams, and Jorge Alfaro.
The SF Giants made a late inquiry to get Hamels, according to Ken Rosenthal, but no deal was made.
Sources: #SFGiants made late push for #Phillies’ Hamels. Reported earlier that they had been in touch “a couple of times” on Wednesday.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2015