Rumor roundup: Hamels headed for Texas
Holliday's injury may influence Cardinals' activity as Deadline approaches
It appears the Texas Rangers are on the verge of winning the Cole Hamels sweepstakes in advance of Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.
According to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers and Phillies have agreed to a deal that would send the ace left-hander to Texas for a group of prospects, including three of the Rangers' top six prospects, as ranked by MLBPipeline.com. The Rangers have been one of several teams linked to Hamels and are not on Hamels' no-trade list, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Neither club has confirmed the deal.
The prospects likely headed to the Phillies are right-hander Jake Thompson, Texas' No. 4 prospect, outfielder Nick Williams (No. 5), catcher Jorge Alfaro (No. 6), right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (No. 17) and righty Alec Asher (No. 29), sources have told Sullivan and Zolecki. Texas will also receive big league lefty Jake Diekman and cash, according to Sullivan. FOX Sports.com's Jon Morosi has reported that lefty Matt Harrison will head from Texas to Philadelphia as part of the deal.
FOXSports.com reported the Phillies will send $9.5 million to the Rangers, plus take the entirety of the roughly $32.3 million owed Harrison through 2017. Hamels is owed about $81 million: $7.5 million for the remainder of this season, plus $22.5 million in each of the next three seasons. He also has a $6 million buyout on a $19 million club option for 2019 that automatically vests at $24 million based on innings pitched.
While the Rangers close in on adding Hamels, the Mets fell short of acquiring a big bat. According to multiple reports and information MLB.com gathered from sources, New York and Milwaukee were believed to have a deal that would send Carlos Gomez to the Mets, the dynamic outfielder's first organization, for young right-hander Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores. After Wednesday's 7-3 Mets loss to the Padres, however, the club's general manager, Sandy Alderson, said the trade would not materialize.
"Nothing at all," Alderson said. "There is no trade. Unfortunately, social media got ahead of the facts."
Wednesday began with rumblings that the Dodgers were closing in on a deal with the Marlins for right-hander Mat Latos and first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse. As the day went on, that deal evolved into something of a blockbuster.
The deal is still not completed -- medical reports are holding it up, a source told MLB.com -- but is likely to also include the Braves. As the deal stood late Wednesday night, the Dodgers were on the verge of acquiring Latos and Morse from Miami, as well as starter Alex Wood, closer Jim Johnson reliever Luis Avilan and infield prospect Jose Peraza from the Braves.
The Dodgers would send highly regarded prospect Hector Olivera -- whom the team paid $62.5 million to acquire -- reliever Paco Rodriguez and Minor Leaguer Zach Bird to Atlanta. The Braves are also expected to pick up a competitive-balance Draft pick from the Marlins, who would receive a trio of Minor Leaguers from the Dodgers.
Elsewhere in the National League, Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday left Wednesday's game after reinjuring his right quad, and the loss of his bat may be pushing St. Louis to action. Citing sources, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported that the Cardinals and Indians "may be on the verge of a significant trade." Cotillo added that No. 3 Cardinals prospect Rob Kaminsky has been mentioned in rumors and that talks have centered around Cleveland's Brandon Moss.
Many other rumors are flying as well. Here is a look at the latest.
• Even after the Tigers' win over the Rays on Wednesday afternoon, Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said his team is "rebooting" and will listen to offers for its pending free agents.
That suggests players such as outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, closer Joakim Soria, catcher Alex Avila and outfielder Rajai Davis are available, but the biggest prize is left-hander David Price. USA Today reported earlier in the day that the Dodgers, Yankees and Blue Jays were "poised to have an all-out bidding war of prospects" for Price, who is 9-4 with a 2.53 ERA in 21 starts this season.
A source told MLB.com's Ken Gurnick on Wednesday night that the Dodgers' three-team deal, if completed, could help initiate Los Angeles' acquisition of Price, who has consistently been the Dodgers' top target, even before the Rangers agreed to a deal for Hamels. The Tigers have long sought Wood, Gurnick reported, adding credibility to the idea that Wood could be flipped to Detroit as part of a package involving Price.
What sorts of prospects might be in play for Price? MLB.com's new Top 100 list includes four Dodgers: shortstop Corey Seager (No. 2), left-hander Julio Urias (No. 5), and righties Jose De Leon (No. 29) and Grant Holmes (No. 67). It also has two Yankees, in righty Luis Severino (No. 16) and outfielder Aaron Judge (No. 21), and three Blue Jays, in lefty Daniel Norris (No. 25), outfielder Dalton Pompey (No. 52) and righty Jonathan Harris (No. 94).
The Cubs, Giants and Astros also could get involved in the bidding for Price, according to ESPN.com.
• Besides Price, Toronto has interest in several other starters, ESPN.com reported. The list includes the Rangers' Yovani Gallardo, the Reds' Mike Leake, the Padres' Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross, the Brewers' Mike Fiers and the Marlins' Dan Haren.
• Other teams believe the Padres will be "super-active" and pull off a "huge deal" before the Deadline, according to ESPN.com. Among the players San Diego could move are right-handed starters James Shields, Ian Kennedy, Cashner and Ross, relievers Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel, and outfielder Justin Upton.
• The Astros are looking into acquiring a reliever, such as Benoit, Kimbrel or the Brewers' Francisco Rodriguez, according to ESPN.com. They also want another starter, such as Ross or the White Sox's Jeff Samardzija.
• The Pirates completed a minor swap with the Royals early Thursday morning, acquiring veteran righty Joe Blanton for cash considerations.