By now you've already read about the Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers trade at face value. So rather than rehash it, I'm simply going to breakdown the pros and cons of it all.
1. Jake Diekman is no longer in the Phillies bullpen.
2. The Phillies just stocked their farm system with 3 of the top 100 prospects in MLB (Jorge Alfaro/C, Jake Thompson/SP, and Nick Williams/OF).
3. Two of the pitchers received in the deal are currently in Triple-A (Jerad Eickhoff and Alec Asher).
1. Cole Hamels is a bonafide ace and would have looked really nice atop of the Phillies rotation for 4 more years.
2. All 3 pitching prospects the Phillies got in the deal are sporting 4.00+ ERA this season.
3. Matt Harrison was thrown in to help offset the money Texas was taking on. He's guaranteed $28.4M over the next two seasons (includes $2M option buyout for 2018).
4. Jorge Alfaro suffered a serious ankle injury in June, and that's bad news for a catcher.
The rebuild is in full fervor. Ace traded. Elite closer traded. Minor league system stocked with prospects. It's all happening. Now it's a waiting game to see which prospects pan out. Youth movement is upon us.
Just think, in the very near future (2016/2017) we could have a team composed of some combination of the following:
SP - Aaron Nola, Adam Morgan, David Buchanan, Jesse Biddle, Jerad Eickhoff, Alec Asher, Zach Eflin, Ben Lively, Severio Gonzalez, Mark Leiter, Nick Pivetta, and/or Jake Thompson
RP - Hector Neris, Elvis Araujo, Jeanmar Gomez, Ken Giles, Luis Garcia, Nefi Ogando, Dalier Hinojosa, Edubray Ramos, Colton Murray, Tom Windle, Stephen Shackleford, and/or Ryan O'Sullivan
C - Cameron Rupp, Gabriel Lino, Andrew Knapp, and/or Jorge Alfaro
1B - Brock Stassi
2B - Cesar Hernandez
SS - Freddy Galvis, JP Crawford
3B - Maikel Franco
OF - Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, Nick Williams, Roman Quinn, Kelly Dugan, Destin Hood, Cameron Perkins, and/or Brian Pointer
*All players listed above are either currently in the Majors or, Triple/Double-A.