The Phillies are discussing dealing pitcher Cole Hamels with the Rangers, and Hamels is willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to Texas, reports Fox Sports' Jon Morosi.
In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, Morosi said the two teams are having ‘ongoing dialogue’ about Hamels, a three-time All-Star and former World Series MVP.
The Rangers (37-33) sit three games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West despite major injuries to their starting rotation including Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland and Martin Perez. Morosi noted that the team expects to return the latter trio to the active roster by season's end, but that Hamels is viewed as an ‘elite upgrade worth pursuing.’
Entering Tuesday, the Phillies (25-47) held the worst record in the league. Hamels, 31, is 5-5 with a 2.96 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 103 strikeouts in 94 innings this season (14 starts). He's spent his entire 10-year career in Philadelphia, where he won the World Series and was the World Series MVP in 2008.
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