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Phillies nearing deal to send Cole Hamels to Rangers

TORONTO The Phillies late Wednesday were nearing a deal to send ace pitcher Cole Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman along with cash to the Texas Rangers for five prospects and 29-year-old left-hander Matt Harrison, according to multiple reports. Right-hander Jake Thompson, outfielder Nick Williams, and catcher Jorge Alfaro make up the reported centerpiece of the Phillies' return. Baseball America recently ranked them the Rangers' third-, fourth-, and fifth-best prospects. Right-handers Jerad Eickhoff and Alec Asher are also reportedly in the deal. Thompson, 21, was the Rangers' top pitching prospect. They acquired him last July in the trade that sent closer Joakim Soria to...

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