Here’s what’s new Thursday with the Texas Rangers’ trade-deadline pursuits, about 15 hours after they agreed to a deal that would bring them ace left-hander Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies for Matt Harrison and five prospects:
▪ The deal won’t become official until some point in the afternoon at the earliest. The commissioner’s office must approve the $9.5 million the Phillies are sending to the Rangers, and the sides are preparing to review the medicals on each player, with Harrison’s bad back needing to pass muster. It should. He said on Wednesday, hours before the trade, that he has had no pain in either of his first three starts since coming off the 60-day DL.
That timeline would most likely put Hamels in line for his Rangers debut Saturday, a week after his no-hitter at Wrigley Field. Harrison was scheduled to start Saturday for the Rangers and could become the Phillies’ Saturday starter.
▪ Fort Worth resident Yovani Gallardo continues to be attractive to contenders ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline, which arrives at 3 p.m. Friday. He has given the Rangers permission to work with Toronto for a deal, waiving his limited no-trade protection after club officials approached him. However, the Blue Jays reportedly have a deal for Detroit ace lefty David Price.
That would leave the Dodgers out on the top two pitchers this deadline period. They are reportedly nearing a three-team trade with Atlanta and Miami that would bring them starters Alex Wood and Mat Latos, but they could also still have interest in Gallardo.
Gallardo, scheduled to start Thursday night, would be in favor of a trade for two reasons: He’d move from a distant contender to a bona fide contender, and a trade would make him ineligible for a qualifying offer that often burdens free agents.
▪ The Rangers continue to talk to clubs about Gallardo and adding a part-time player who bats right-handed. Despite dealing away outfielder Nick Williams, catcher Jorge Alfaro and right-handers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff, the Rangers’ farm system has plenty of depth to pull off another trade.
Included in that depth is outfielder Lewis Brinson, their first-round pick in 2012. He will be promoted from High A High Desert to Double A Frisco to replace Williams. Round Rock has two rotation spots to fill, and Frisco has one but could have up to three.
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760