What the Cole Hamels Trade Would Really Cost the Rangers


It’s no secret the Texas Rangers are in search and need of at least one starting pitcher to add to the rotation.

Rumors are starting to swirl around the internet claiming Rangers GM Jon Daniels and Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. are quietly negotiating a trade for left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels.

This trade could make an immediate impact on the club, but at what cost?

"Those aware of the Phillies desires say the team would have to get two top talents to move Hamels, who is signed through 2018 at $96 million and possibly through 2019 at $110 million if his option kicks in.” (via Jim Salisbury, CSNPHILLY.com)"

MONEY: Let’s talk about Hamels’ contract for a minute.

If the Texas Rangers acquire the 31-year old lefty they obviously inherit his contract. Of course they’d have him locked up through 2018 but for $96,000,000. I’m not sure the Rangers can afford another heavy contract. Take a look at who is signed through 2015 and for how much (per Cot’s Baseball Contracts):

*You may want to sit down for this.*

Prince Fielder – $24,000,000
Adrian Beltre – $18,000,000
Elvis Andrus – $15,250,000
Shin-Soo Choo – $14,000,000
Matt Harrison – $13,200,000
Yu Darvish – $10,000,000
Derek Holland – $7,400,000
Leonys Martin – $4,750,000
Neftali Feliz – $4,125,000
Colby Lewis – $4,000,000
Ross Detwiler – $3,450,000
Martin Perez – $1,250,000
Kyuji Fujikawa – $1,000,000
Adam Rosales – $900,000

Total: $121,325,000

Remember, this does not include whatever salary the Rangers and Mitch Moreland agree to.

Now, add Cole Hamels’ 2015 salary ($23.5MM) and that puts the Rangers around $145MM.

OK, OK, you get it. Hamels is going to cost some money, but isn’t he worth it?

Glad you asked. It depends on how you look at it. Because this isn’t just about the money. No. This trade is about prospects.

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TOP PROSPECTS: You know, the players we are all looking forward to see in a Texas Rangers uniform someday, hopefully one day soon. Players like Robinson Chirinos, Rougned Odor, who were called up last season and played their hearts out making it fun to watch a Rangers game.

What’s that? I don’t understand?


Yes, I know and agree. But which players are you willing to give to Phillies?

Player of the Year Joey Gallo?
Pitcher of the Year Alex “Chi-Chi” Gonzalez?
Defender of the Year Hanser Alberto?
Reliever of the Year Phil Klein?

I’m not willing to part with any of them.

You’re just being ridiculous, JD would never deal any “Of the Year” winners.

OK, let’s say you are correct. How would you feel about giving up these prospects?

Right-handed pitcher Jake Thompson?
Rightfielder Nomar Mazara?
Outfielder Nick Williams?

I’m not comfortable with dealing those players either.

How about Rangers top catching prospect Jorge Alfaro?

Nope, me neither.

All of this is in the realm of possibility. The Phillies need to replenish their farm system. They are especially interested in acquiring a young catcher.

During the Winter Meetings Jon Daniels commented on the trading prospects saying

"In the right situation, nobody is truly untouchable. Obviously, there are some guys it be a lot tougher to talk about than others.” (via Gerry Fraley, Dallas Morning News)"

I think it’s even tougher on the fans to even think about giving up most – if not all – of these players.

Yes. Texas needs to add another arm in the rotation. But at what cost?

I don’t want to see our farm system pillaged of Future Stars. It takes time to develop players, even those that are naturally gifted, à la Joey Gallo. If we want to contend now and in the future, the club needs to conserve money, but more importantly JD needs to be more frugal when it comes to prospects.

How many of you are willing to acquire Cole Hamels for a few of our prospects without blaming Jon Daniels if it doesn’t pan out?


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