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Done deal: Rangers acquire Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels could start for the Rangers as soon as Saturday after the trade to acquire him was announced Friday.
Cole Hamels could start for the Rangers as soon as Saturday after the trade to acquire him was announced Friday. AP

Cole Hamels is officially a member of the Texas Rangers.

The eight-player trade for the ace left-hander was finalized Friday morning after a review of the insurance polices was completed, according to a source, and Hamels will arrive later today Globe Life Park.

The Rangers acquired him, lefty reliever Jake Diekman and cash for lefty Matt Harrison and five prospects — catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams and right-handers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff.

Alfaro, who is injured, Williams and Thompson were rated as top-10 Rangers prospects.

Hamels, 31, is expected to start Saturday in the rotation spot created by trading Harrison, who has around $32 million on his contract. Shipping away that money plus the $9.5 million reportedly coming from the Phillies will help the Rangers pay for Hamels, who is guaranteed $85 million through 2018.

The annual non-waiver trade deadline arrives at 3 p.m. Friday. The Rangers were still talking to teams about a part-time player who bats right-handed as well as righty Yovani Gallardo, who continued to draw interest and was willing to waive his no-trade protection for a trade to Toronto.

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @JeffWilson_FWST

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