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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 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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July 31, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TORONTO - Less than 15 minutes after the Phillies wrapped up a quick, two-game series at Rogers Centre, Cole Hamels walked by a group of reporters in the visiting clubhouse. Asked whether he had a minute to talk, the 31-year-old pitcher declined. He was headed to his locker, where he spent the next few seconds scrolling through his phone. And less than a minute later - just like that - he was gone. Hamels is headed to Arlington, Texas, where he'll take his World Series MVP arm and no-hit pedigree to spend the last third of his career with the Rangers.
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July 31, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
HAMELS HAD TO GO, because Papelbon went . . . right? One must determine the other, correct? If the Phillies are serious about rebuilding, then they had to move Cole Hamels for surefire prospects . . . didn't they? Really Why? If the Phillies did not move Hamels, you could not have blamed them. Hamels is the rarest of birds; a franchise cornerstone in his absolute prime, capable of excellence and leadership and impeccable professionalism. The only Phillies pitchers comparable to Hamels in the last 45 years are Steve Carlton, who is in the Hall of Fame, and Curt Schilling, who should be. That's only three 100-win pitchers in almost five decades.
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July 31, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
IF THE Phillies had fallen in love with Mike Olt as hard as fans wanted back in 2012, they would have traded Cole Hamels for a guy who has a .158 batting average, .579 OPS and 119 strikeouts in 314 major league plate appearances. So before anybody lambastes the front office for failing to land any of this year's supposed blue-chippers in their long-awaited trade of Hamels, consider the possibility that it wasn't a failure at all, but, rather, a prudent decision to limit their exposure to risk by agreeing to a diversified package of talent that contained a solid mix of predictability and projectability.
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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 Sports Writer
Updated at 12:00 p.m. Friday:  The trade is now official. WHEN THE initial shock of a trade everyone knew was coming wears off, Cole Hamels will be forgotten and the focus will move onto guys like Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Jake Thompson and the others. It's just the way professional sports - and life - works. Some fans will keep their MILB.com app at the ready on their phone, eager to check in on each of the prospects' progress in the coming months and years. Others will scour web sites for stats, scouting reports and stories.
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July 31, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
Updated at 12:00 p.m. Friday:  The trade is now official. COLE HAMELS was nowhere to be found yesterday at Citizens Bank Park, but the other lefthander who is headed for a new team had to go through the awkward stage of suiting up for a team he didn't believe he'd ever be playing for the night before. Jake Diekman packed the Phillies travel bag next to his locker with his baseball equipment, shook the hands of the few players still meandering in the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park and walked out the door at 10:32 p.m. last night.
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July 30, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TORONTO - Jonathan Papelbon's long Philadelphia nightmare has come to an end. Papelbon, who joined the Phillies with open arms in November 2011, signing the richest contract for a relief pitcher in baseball history, was traded yesterday to the Washington Nationals for a Double-A pitching prospect. Papelbon, 34, will jump into the closer's role formerly held by longtime, popular Washington reliever Drew Storen. All Storen did to lose his job was convert 29 of 31 save opportunities this season.
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July 29, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - On Saturday, the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws huddled around the TV in their locker room, watching Cole Hamels finish off the 13th no-hitter in Phillies history against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. "It was awesome," BlueClaws second baseman Scott Kingery said. Kingery, who was selected 48th overall by the Phillies in this year's draft, and his BlueClaws teammates keep up with Phillies quite a bit, hoping to someday get a shot at helping their parent team return to its winning ways from years past.
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