The prize of the trade deadline is coming to the Texas Rangers.
Major-league sources confirmed that the Rangers acquired the Philadelphia Phillies left-hander in a complex deal that involves multiple players from each team change hands.
The Rangers had not announced the deal, news of which broke during the Rangers’ game Wednesday with the New York Yankees, but a source confirmed that the Rangers did not part with prized prospects Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara and Chi Chi Gonzalez.
However, former All-Star left-hander Matt Harrison is part of the deal along with a cast of prospects: Double A right-hander Jake Thompson, outfielder Nick Williams and catcher Jorge Alfaro; and Triple A Round Rock right-handers Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff.
The Rangers also received left-handed reliever Jake Diekman. Both he and Hamels are under control contractually through 2018. Hamels is the big prize and the big expense, though the Phillies will eat money and also take on $28 million remaining on Harrison’s contract.
General manager Jon Daniels and several other officials declined comment. The commissioner’s office has to sign off on the deal because money his involved.
Hamels is owed the prorated portion of his 2015 salary of $23.5 million and $76.5 million over the next three seasons. His option for 2019 vests at $24 million if he reached 400 innings in 2017 and 2018 and isn’t on the disabled list at the end of 2018 with a shoulder or elbow injury.
If he fails to meet those standards, 2019 becomes a $20 million team option with a $6 million buyout.
It was unclear how much the Phillies were going to send to the Rangers, who shed $28 million in obligations to Harrison.
The Phillies nabbed three of the Rangers’ top-10 prospects in Thompson, Alfaro and Williams. Thompson, acquired last July in the Joakim Soria deal, is from Rockwall; Williams, who played in the Futures Game earlier this month, is from Galveston; and Alfaro, from Colombia, is out for the season.
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