Reports: Phillies, Rangers agree on pieces of Cole Hamels trade.

Cole Hamels has been linked to the Dodgers in trade rumors for years. Wednesday night, it was reported by multiple outlets that Hamels will be traded to the Texas Rangers instead.

The Rangers are currently eight games out of a wild card spot in the American League. It’s theoretically possible that Hamels could still be flipped to the Dodgers (who are already in the process of making a flurry of trades), but this is not considered the expectation within the league.

Report: Dodgers projected to sign three top international free agents.

The Dodgers are expected to sign three of the top international free agents on the market once the next signing period opens July 2, according to FanGraphs.

Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez, Cuban center fielder Eddy Martinez and Bahamian shortstop Lucius Fox — holy nomenclature, Batman! — are all projected to sign with the Dodgers, according to the report. Click on the above link for more background information and scouting reports on the three players.

Game 73: Justin Turner is settling into a new, bigger role.

CHICAGO — Justin Turner said he doesn’t consider himself a prototypical number-three hitter, but he did a prototypical number-three hitter thing in the Dodgers’ 5-2 win over the Cubs. The box score is here.

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has his eye on starting pitching as the trade deadline approaches.

Here are a few interviews from after the game:

Continue reading