With the Philadelphia Phillies already 13.5 games back in their division, many expect the five-time reigning AL East champs to become big time sellers at the trade deadline. If they do, part of the purge could include dealing staff ace Cole Hamels, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. And while the Phillies aren't yet committed to the idea of trading Hamels, if they do decide to deal him before the July 31 deadline, ESPN's Buster Olney says the Rangers could be his most likely landing spot. "The Rangers are viewed by some rival evaluators as the favorites to land [Hamels]," Olney wrote this week. "Texas has the perfect piece to offer Philadelphia, 23-year-old third baseman Mike Olt -- a former supplemental first-rounder whose path to the big leagues is blocked by Adrian Beltre -- and Hamels would give Texas precisely what it needs as it tries to climb the World Series mountaintop again."
Rangers viewed as 'favorites' to land Phillies' Cole Hamels
Dallas Morning News | Jul 8