Cole Hamels is being scouted by a handful of teams right now, and count the Texas Rangers among them. The Rangers already have a solid pitching staff, with Yu Darvish, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland, Scott Feldman, and Roy Oswalt.
Darvish is signed for the next five years, and Holland could be a member of the Rangers through 2018 if the team renews his options. Holland is team property through 2014 and Feliz is team property through 2015, but Feldman, Lewis, and Oswalt become free agents again.
The Rangers could certainly use a great pitcher like Hamels in a trade and they may have to give up Jurickson Profar to get him.
Profar is a 19-year old middle infielder in the Rangers system who is tearing up Double-A ball. Profar was rated as the number seven overall prospect in the game prior to the 2012 season and number one in the game by ESPN Insider Keith Law on the list of 2012 top 50 midseason prospects.
Profar is hitting .294/.371/.479 with 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases in 382 plate appearances, and he is one of the new breed of shortstops that can hit for power and run the bases well. Profar is merely an adequate defender, as he has a .948 fielding percentage at shortstop but he has the versatility to play third base and second base as well.
The Philadelphia Phillies have Jimmy Rollins signed through the 2014 season with an option for ’15, but Chase Utley is signed through just 2013. Profar may be ready for the major leagues by the time 2014 rolls around and if the Phillies can acquire him a deal that would see them shipping Hamels to the Rangers, they would have a tremendously talented player. I don’t think Texas would be willing to part with him considering Hamels would essentially be a rental as he is a free agent after the season though.