Fantasy Baseball: Cole Hamels is headed to the Texas Rangers

Cole Hamels

We have yet to hit the trade deadline and yet big names are flying fast and furious. On Wednesday, two pitchers were moved as both the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers look to build for the post season. The questions for fantasy baseball owners is, what do these moves mean for my team?

Cole Hamels was sent to the Texas Rangers along with left-hander Jake Diekman. In return the Phillies get catcher Jorge Alfaro, out fielder Nick Williams,  lefty Matt Harrison, and right-handers Alec Asher, Jake Thompson, Jerad Eickhoff. While they likely wont reap the benefits anytime soon, they Phillies are restocking their farm system with a ton of talent to go with some talent that is starting to show signs of helping the major league team including Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez.

Hamels hadn’t shown the same form as of late. It seemed the trade was weighing on his mind, with it seemingly more of when it would happen opposed to an if it would happen. He put on a show against the Chicago Cubs, completing a no-hitter. With the Cubs being one of the likely teams to trade for him, it seemed like he wanted to prove something in the outing.

Making the transition to Texas should be a beneficial one for Hamels. Arlington Park while hitter friendly, it is one that tends to keep the ball in the park. When pitchers get hit around its usually because of doubles and triples producing a rally. He should be able to avoid the big inning. The strikeouts should remain in range of 6 to 8. The biggest bump he will see is having a line up that should provide run support on a much more consistent basis putting him in line for the win more often. I like Hamels and would try to swing a deal for him for the stretch run.

Mat Latos

Can Latos improve his fantasy value in LA? (Matt York/Associated Press)

The other pitcher that moved on Tuesday was Mat Latos. He and teammate Michael Morse are going, going, back, back to Cali, Cali as they head to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Heading back to the Marlins are Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman. All are minor league prospects that wouldn’t expect a ton from anytime soon.

Latos started his career with the San Diego Padres. Michael Morse has a ring the San Francisco Giants World Series run last season. While Morse will be in a bench role and pinch hitter, Latos could matter the rest of the way. He will likely be the third starter behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

Dodger stadium is more hitter friendly but the line up should help him garner a few more wins. Although he give up the long ball more than you like. With Latos being owned in less that 50% of standard leagues he is worth a speculative add.

Friday’s trade deadline is fast approaching and we will see if any of the other names find new homes. David Price, Carlos Gomez, Carlos Gonzalez and Jose Reyes may still be on the move. Stay tuned for all the fun.

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