Cole Hamels

Rangers “close to getting” Phillies ace Cole Hamels


UPDATED, 10:28 PM ET: OK, it’s Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman to the Rangers for prospects Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams, Alec Asher, Jake Thompson, and Jerad Eickhoff. Philly will also get 29-year-old left-handed starter Matt Harrison. Larger writeup to come.


10:17 PM ET: FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi adds that outfield prospect Nick Williams is going to the Phillies as well. And there are others involved.


10:12 PM ET: Philly will get 25-year-old minor league starter Jerad Eickhoff and 22-year-old catching prospect Jorge Alfaro, per Sullivan. That won’t be all.


10:08 PM ET: Sullivan now says the trade will go down tonight. It’s in the “final stages.” Hamels declined to talk in the Phillies’ clubhouse.


9:47 PM ET: MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan says the Rangers are “getting close to getting Hamels” and expect to have everything finalized Thursday. Other reporters are hearing the same.


6:17 PM ET: The latest on the Cole Hamels …

Bob Nightengale of USA Today hears the Rangers are “now clear-cut favorites” to land the Phillies ace because the Dodgers prefer David Price and the Tigers have now made it known that they’re going to sell off some major parts. There’s been talk of the Astros making a big push for Hamels, but Hamels can block a trade there and Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle was told that the Astros’ front office is expecting him to land elsewhere. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday afternoon that the Giants are “fading” from the Hamels chase.

So it sounds like it’s all coming together for the Rangers, who currently stand 4 1/2 games back of the second American League Wild Card spot. Hamels is under contract through 2019 — at a pretty reasonable rate — so this trade wouldn’t just be about 2015.

Hamels, 31, owns a 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 137/39 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings this season for Philadelphia. He threw a no-hitter in his last turn through the rotation Saturday against the Cubs.

Reds prospect arrested for “allegedly knocking a woman unconscious with a rock”

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Reds prospect and 2012 second-round draft pick Tanner Rahier was arrested Saturday in Arizona and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police say “he allegedly knocked a woman unconscious with a rock outside a restaurant.”

More details from MLB.com:

Rahier, 21, allegedly threw a rock at a woman in the parking lot outside Pullano’s Pizza following an argument. According to KPHO.com, the woman had been dating Rahier for about a month and was with him at the restaurant, which is about 25 miles northeast of the Reds’ spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona.

According to the report, Rahier was intoxicated and refused to pay his bill when he started to argue with the woman, whose name was not released. She managed to get Rahier outside into the parking lot, where he reportedly began throwing rocks at her.

Rahier ran from the scene and then, when police caught him, claimed he wasn’t intoxicated and he didn’t know the woman.

Previewing tonight’s Fall Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League

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Admit it, after a thrilling postseason, you are having trouble adjusting to life without baseball games. Me too. Fortunately, I have good news, as some of the game’s top prospects will gather tonight for the Fall Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League. The game, which will begin at 8 p.m. ET, will be shown on MLB Network and can be streamed live on MLB.com.

This is the ninth annual edition of this prospect showcase, which was previously known as the Rising Stars Game. We regularly see players from this game graduate to the majors in a hurry, so it’s a neat sneak preview. Jorge Soler of the Cubs and Mookie Betts of the Red Sox were among those who participated last year.

The Twins’ Byron Buxton was originally selected to participate in tonight’s game, but unfortunately he had to leave the Arizona Fall League due to a dislocated finger. Still, there’s plenty of talent to go around. The Indians’ Francisco Lindor is at the top of that list. The 20-year-old batted .276/.338/.389 with 11 home runs, 62 RBI, and 28 stolen bases over 126 games this season between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. While he’s known as an excellent defender, he’ll serve as the designated hitter tonight so that fellow top prospect and Dodgers farmhand Corey Seager can play shortstop.

The Diamondbacks’ Archie Bradley is slated to start for the East team while the West team will go with right-hander Nick Howard, who was selected 19th overall by the Reds in this year’s First-Year Player Draft.

Below are the lineups for tonight’s game:

Fall Stars East: CF – Dalton Pompey (Blue Jays), LF – Eddie Rosario (Twins), SS – Matt Reynolds (Mets), 1B – Greg Bird (Yankees), RF – Brandon Nimmo (Mets), C – Peter O’Brien (Diamondbacks), 2B – Tony Renda (Nationals), 3B- Kaleb Stewart (Angels), DH – Josh Bell (Pirates)

Fall Stars West: DH – Francisco Lindor (Indians), CF – Tyrone Taylor (Brewers), SS – Corey Seager (Dodgers), RF – Steven Moya (Tigers), 3B – Hunter Dozier (Royals), LF – Nick Williams (Rangers), C – Mike Ohlman (Orioles), 2B – Daniel Castro (Braves), 1B – Patrick Leonard (Rays)

Jenrry Mejia to undergo hernia surgery October 2

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Mets closer Jenrry Mejia has been pitching through a sports hernia for basically the entire second half of the season, and he will have it repaired via surgery almost as soon as the 2014 campaign is through.

As first reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mejia is scheduled to go under the knife October 2 in Philadelphia. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Bill Meyers, who successfully corrected a bilateral hernia for Mets reliever Scott Rice last September.

Mejia opened this season in the Mets’ rotation but got demoted to bullpen duties in mid-May after registering a 5.06 ERA over his first seven outings. He’s been very good in relief, boasting a 2.89 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings since May 12 to go along with 27 saves. It’s not yet clear how the Mets are planning to use Mejia in 2015, but the young right-hander should be fully healthy by Opening Day. The typical recovery time for hernia surgeries is only about a month.

Troy Tulowitzki is visiting a sports hernia surgeon

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This doesn’t sound like a promising development.

According to Nick Groke of the Denver Post, star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki flew to Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon to visit Dr. William Meyers about his linger left hip injury. Meyers performed a sports hernia surgery on Tulowitzki in 2012 — a season in which Tulo appeared in only 47 games.

Tulowitzki’s latest injury is not thought to be hernia-related, but he hasn’t made any progress in his early rehab efforts and wanted to get a second opinion from a specialist who is familiar with his lower body.

The 29-year-old was batting .340/.432/.603 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI in 91 games before suffering the injury — perhaps en route to his first career National League MVP. Adding insult to injury, the Rockies’ promotional staff distributed giveaway jerseys on Saturday night that had his name spelled incorrectly.