The Rangers are considered an unlikely destination for Phillies' left-hander Cole Hamels, according to a report from T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. The teams have been discussing Hamels for a while, though Sullivan notes that the Rangers are not satisfied with the Phillies' demands in negotiations.
There appears to be no traction between the Rangers and the Phillies as far as Cole Hamels. The Rangers like the pitcher but not the contract or the asking price as far as prospects. Said one Rangers source, "If we were going to do that trade, we would have already done it by now."
Hamels has been discussed as a trade candidate for years, with the Rangers, Red Sox and Dodgers being among the teams most frequently linked to him. Philadelphia was rumored to be asking the Rangers for a package of top prospects Jorge Alfaro and Nomar Mazara in previous trade talks, and is thought to still have a high asking price with the non-waiver trade deadline just two weeks away.
Sullivan notes that the Rangers may be willing to move lefty Wandy Rodriguez and catcher Carlos Corporan in trade talks, though nothing appears imminent on those fronts. Starter Yovani Gallardo may be another trade candidate if the team struggles to open its second half, though no decision has been made on him as of yet.
Texas, a surprise contender that currently sits only 5.5 games out of a Wild Card spot, is an interesting trade deadline team due to its on-the-fence status between buyers and sellers. Mitch Moreland, Elvis Andrus and Shin-Soo Choo may be considered trade candidates if the team decides to go into sell-mode at the deadline.