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August 2, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
ARLINGTON, Texas - Cole Hamels' final magical moment in a Phillies uniform last week was closely watched more than 2,000 miles away in Anaheim, Calif. As the players, coaches and manager of the Texas Rangers awaited the start of their Saturday night game against the Los Angeles Angels, they got caught up in what was going down at Chicago's Wrigley Field. Many of the Rangers knew that the trade talks between their general manager Jon Daniels and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. had heated up again.
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August 2, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thirteen years after he came to the Phillies as an 18-year-old kid from San Diego with a prized left arm, Cole Hamels arrived at Citizens Bank Park with his two sons, Caleb, 5, and Braxton, 3, by his side. They watched from the front row Friday afternoon as their father, sporting a plaid blue button-down and the beard he has worn most of the season, attempted to contextualize his time with the only major league baseball organization he had ever known. "I guess there's a lot to say," he said, "and not enough time.
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August 1, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Updated at 12:00 p.m. Friday:   The trade is now official . The corner locker stall long occupied by Cole Hamels remained untouched Thursday afternoon, a day after the Phillies agreed to trade their ace pitcher to the Texas Rangers for five prospects. Jake Diekman, the hard-throwing reliever also in the deal, arrived to Citizens Bank Park per usual and plopped down in the bullpen at the start of the game. Such is the awkwardness occasionally involved with the formalities attached to multiplayer trades.
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August 1, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Updated at 12:00 p.m. Friday: The trade is now official. The Phillies, in a warped sort of way, just showed the world what a big-market team is capable of doing. The purse strings they pulled in order to get six players in return for staff ace Cole Hamels and wildly inconsistent reliever Jake Diekman showed that they are willing to spend in an attempt to get better. It was the business of a bad baseball team, but not a cheap one. In order to get three of the Texas Rangers' better prospects - outfielder Nick Williams, pitcher Jake Thompson and catcher Jorge Alfaro - the Phillies opted to eat a lot of Hamels' money and take on the hefty contract of veteran pitcher Matt Harrison, who is unlikely to recapture the form that got him that huge five-year deal in January 2013.
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August 1, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The drastic retooling of the Phillies' farm system continued Wednesday as the team got prospects in a trade for the fourth time in seven months. The Phillies acquired six players - including three of Texas' top five prospects - in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman. Righthander Jake Thompson, catcher Jorge Alfaro, and outfielder Nick Williams will rank among the Phillies' top 10 prospects. At least five of the 10 have been acquired through trades. Righthanders Zach Eflin and Ben Lively and lefthander Tom Windle are in the organization's top 10, according to Baseball America.
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August 1, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
In the locker to the right of where the new ace of the Phillies pitching staff was sitting, everything was still in its place: Cole Hamels' nameplate, Cole Hamels' clothes, Cole Hamels' shoes. The eight-player trade consummated late Wednesday night, sending Hamels to the Texas Rangers, was not yet official when the Phillies clubhouse opened at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, so Hamels' presence remained tangible there, even if he himself was not. He was technically still the Phillies' best pitcher, even if he would not pitch for them again.
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July 31, 2015 | BY TOM D. REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer
IN THE MIDST of a pending trade with the Texas Rangers, which has franchise cornerstone Cole Hamels and lefthanded reliever Jake Diekman being exchanged for five prospects and another player already in the big leages, the Phillies had a date with the Atlanta Braves last night to kick off a four-game homestand. The whereabouts of both Hamels and Diekman was a hot topic in the Phillies clubhouse throughout the day. "I'm excited for him to go somewhere and get a little change of scenery, 'cause I know the kind of pitcher he is and I know what he can do, and who knows, maybe just a different stadium might do him some good," righthanded reliever Justin DeFratus said of Diekman, his bullpen mate, before the game.
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July 31, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
COLE HAMELS WAS going to be traded. He was. Don't get all weepy about it. He gave you your moment on Saturday. He was going to be traded because he had to be traded. Because the Phillies wouldn't have nearly the leverage ever again that they had now, because any team in the market for a top-of-the-rotation pitcher in the offseason would have had the financial wherewithall to sign one on the free-agent market, where David Price, Johnny Cueto, Jordan Zimmermann, Jeff Samardzija, Scott Kazmir and, presumably, Zack Greinke will all be available (not to mention a host of other intriguing candidates such as Mat Latos, Brett Anderson, Ian Kennedy, Wei-Yin Chen, Doug Fister, Yovani Gallardo, Hisashi Iwakuma, Mike Leake and Bud Norris)
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July 31, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
TORONTO - The Phillies agreed to a trade late Wednesday that would send Cole Hamels, the franchise's best homegrown pitcher since Robin Roberts, to the Texas Rangers, baseball sources confirmed. Five prospects, including three of the Rangers' most touted, and 29-year-old lefthander Matt Harrison are coming to the Phillies in the deal, according to multiple reports. The Phillies are also reportedly sending lefthanded reliever Jake Diekman and cash to Texas. Neither club announced the deal Wednesday night.
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July 31, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TORONTO - While the Phillies' front office was working to pull off the blockbuster trade that sent Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers late Wednesday night, two fruits of the Toronto Blue Jays' own trade labors paid off for the home team. Five-time All-Star Troy Tulowitzki, making his Toronto debut, went 3-for-5 with a home run and two doubles while former Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey knuckled his way through the Phillies lineup for eight innings as the Blue Jays coasted to an 8-2 victory.
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