Texas Rangers Trade Feature: Cole Hamels

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ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 05: Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers works the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 5, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 05: Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers works the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 5, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – MAY 05: Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers works the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 5, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

Cole Hamels is the top name among Texas Rangers trade bait. We’ll look at his case to stay or leave, along with potential suitors and prospect returns.

Texas Rangers ace Cole Hamels has been the talk of the town lately. Reason being, there is a good chance he leaves town very soon. Trade murmurs have already become frequent and reports indicate Hamels could be moved before the all-star break (July 16th-19th).

It seems inevitable that the Rangers will deal the 34-year-old left-hander; however, there are a few hurdles to climb. Cole Hamels does have limited no-trade protection, meaning he will have his say in most negotiations. Texas also has a team option on Hamels for the 2019 season. More likely than not, Hamels will want a guarantee that his option will be exercised by whichever team he may end up with for the rest of this season.

Of course, he hasn’t been traded yet. Maybe the Texas Rangers will keep him…he’s still here until he’s gone. But, in all likelihood, Hamels will be gone by the July 31st trade deadline. Let’s breakdown his case to stay, his case to leave, potential landing spots and potential trade returns.

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