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MLB Trade Rumors: Rangers Interested In Cole Hamels, Zack Greinke

The Texas Rangers are looking at making a big trade before the deadline, and Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Rangers are looking into acquiring Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels or Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke.

The Rangers have already sent scouts out to see Greinke pitch this past Wednesday, but the news on Hamels is new. The Phillies are expected to be sellers by the end of July, and Rosenthal is saying they are looking for a long-term answer at third base:

The Phillies ... likely would ask the Rangers for star prospect Mike Olt in a trade for Hamels. Olt, who is blocked at third base in Texas by Adrian Beltre, has been one of the best hitters in the minor leagues this year. He has a 1.005 OPS with 20 home runs in 70 games at Class AA Frisco. The Rangers would be very reluctant to part with Olt in any trade.

The Rangers are looking for starting pitching depth since they currently have four starters on the disabled list in Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland, Colby Lewis and Alexi Ogando.

For all the latest news, rumors and analysis of the Rangers trade deadline activity, stay tuned to the SB Nation Dallas StoryStream as well as Lone Star Ball. For more Major League news head on over to Baseball Nation.

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