Hamels To Start Saturday for Rangers

Hamels To Start Saturday for Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers have gotten another ace, completing their trade to acquire pitcher Cole Hamels from Philadelphia Phillies.

Texas obtained the left-hander in an eight-player deal announced Friday before the non-waiver trade deadline. He is set to make his Texas debut at home Saturday against San Francisco.

The trade was agreed to on Wednesday.

The Rangers sent six players to Philadelphia, including lefty Matt Harrison and three top prospects. Texas also gets left-handed reliever Jake Diekman and cash. Hamels is due $22.5 million per season through 2018 with a club option for 2019.

Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP, is the first pitcher in major league history traded during a season immediately after throwing a no-hitter. He no-hit the Chicago Cubs last Saturday at Wrigley Field.

Texas also has Yu Darvish signed through 2017. The Japanese ace is missing this season after elbow surgery in March.

Hamels was an integral part of the greatest run in franchise history, when the Phillies won five straight NL East titles from 2007 to '11, including two pennants and one World Series.

He was 114-90 with a 3.30 ERA in 10 seasons in Philadelphia. He went 7-4 with a 3.09 ERA in 13 postseason starts and also earned MVP honors in the 2008 NLCS.

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