Rumor roundup: Hamels headed for Texas

According to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers and Phillies have agreed to a deal that would send ace left-hander Cole Hamels to Texas for a group of prospects, including two of the Rangers' top six prospects, as ranked by MLBPipeline.com. The Rangers have been one of several teams linked to Hamels and are not on Hamels' no-trade list, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Neither club has confirmed the deal.

#TBT: The 5 biggest Deadline blockbusters

The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline was instituted in 1986. For the six decades prior, the Deadline was June 15. So the history of the Deadline, as we know it, is relatively short. But that doesn't mean it lacks dramatic deals. Some Deadline deals are overrated. Some are understated. Some move the needle immediately and some are only appreciated with the beneficial lens of retrospect. Here, with the help of hindsight, are my picks for the trade game's five biggest July Earth-shakers.

Mets, Brewers put brakes on Gomez deal

A deal to acquire Carlos Gomez fell through on Wednesday, shortly after a source confirmed that the framework had been agreed upon. Sandy Alderson indicated after the team's 7-3 loss to the Padres that the team will not be trading for Gomez prior to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Key things to watch for in today’s games

The Royals may have the best record in the American League, but they'll have to go through Toronto and the Majors' highest-scoring offense this weekend. In Thursday's 7:07 p.m. ET opener, Kansas City will start Danny Duffy, who has logged a 2.15 ERA in six starts since returning from the disabled list. The Blue Jays will counter with Marco Estrada, who has gone 7-6 with a 3.55 ERA in 21 appearances between the bullpen and rotation.