If you've been living under a rock, you probably don't know that Cole Hamels was finally traded to the Rangers earlier tonight. I was pretty stoked to see it, but my excitement waned pretty quickly.
First, I heard that Jorge Alfaro was one of the main pieces, along with Nick Williams. That sucks...Alfaro was supposed to be our catcher of the future. I never want to see anyone traded with the nickname, "The Legend." Williams is also a stud, and I dreamed of an outfield featuring him and Nomar Mazara.
Then I heard Jake Thompson was part of the deal. Since acquiring him from the Tigers last year, I had grown fond of him, and I was getting excited to see him as a solid second starter in Arlington.
But then any excitement I may have had was completely wiped away when I heard that Matt Harrison was also included in the deal. My primary PC guy...gone. And I didn't even get to say goodbye.
I understand why he was included - his contract offsets some of the money owed to Hamels in the coming seasons - but that doesn't mean I have to like it. As a matter or fact, I hate this deal. Jon Daniels has been criticized recently for not caring about the chemistry of the team. He traded Michael Young without understanding how it would change the clubhouse dynamic. Then he sent off Ian Kinsler. I defended both of these moves, saying they were necessary for the betterment of the team. But I can't be a team player anymore. This is just too much for me.
This is nothing against Hamels. On paper, this deal qualifies for "blockbuster" status, and as much as I love him, Harrison isn't Hamels. Cole should make our rotation pretty formidable in the future, assuming Darvish, Derek Holland and Martin Perez get healthy. Throw in Chi Chi Gonzalez (who is hopefully a bit more polished next year) and that starting five is one of the best in all of baseball.
But it still hurts to think that my favorite player won't be on my favorite team anymore.