Texas Rangers: Cole Hamels
The Texas Rangers seem to already be out of the race in the AL West, as they currently sit in last place in the division. Incredibly, the Rangers are already 12 games under .500, and with the rest of the division over .500, it is officially selling time in Arlington.
There are plenty of valuable assets on the Rangers, from position players to pitchers. If there is one name that seems to be popping up all over the Major Leagues it is Cole Hamels, who could certainly help a contending team when it comes to making a serious playoff push later this summer.
Sure, Hamels is not the pitcher he was when he was winning the MVP Award in the World Series as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, but he is certainly a solid Major League starter. He comes with a hefty price tag as well, so if the Rangers do decide to move him, they are either going to get very good players, or the team will have to eat a chunk of the salary.
The other issue with trading for Hamels is the fact that he can block trades to 20 Major League teams. While those teams are certainly not playoff contenders, it is another hurdle for a pitcher who is not the same guy that has been named to four All Star Games.
The usual suspects would be in play when it comes to Hamels, as he could really help the New York Yankees rotation to name one organization. The Rangers need to move him as soon as they can, as he is only going to get older, and his value will continue to decline.