In the final days of July, while the proclaimed contenders were working on deals to bolster their chances down the stretch, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was doing some window shopping.

Daniels' team was five games below .500 (47-52), and not only in third place in the American League West, but there were also five wholesale cole hamels jerseys from china teams between Texas and the Minnesota Twins in a bid for the second AL Wild Card spot.

Daniels, however, couldn't help but check out what was available. And Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels caught his eye. Daniels knew that with three years remaining on his contract after this season, Hamels could help fill a major long-term void in the cheap rangers cole hamels jerseys rotation, and if the Rangers somehow had a few things fall their way in the second wholesale cole hamels jerseys supply half, the ace could be integral to a postseason bid right now. What's more, Hamels and cheap cole hamels jerseys for sale his wife, in ranking the teams as a potential landing spot, had Texas as No. 1 on the list of 30 as the best fit for the lefty.

Things have certainly broken right.

Coming off a four-game sweep of the Astros, the Rangers now have the AL Wild Card ambitions in their rearview mirror, having knocked the Astros out of the top spot in the AL West. Texas goes into the weekend with a 2 1/2-game lead on second-place Houston, having won 32 of its past 47 games.

And Hamels, along with the non-waiver Trade Deadline addition of relievers Sam Dyson and Jake Diekman, has played a key role in cheap cole hamels jerseys supply the Rangers' resurgence.

The three are products of deals that made a difference in baseball's stretch drive to the postseason.

? David Price got a do-over. He was a Trade Deadline headliner for the second July in a row. While Price never provided that spark to the Tigers down the stretch a year ago (4-4, 3.59 ERA in 11 games), he has been an impact addition with the Blue Jays, going 7-1 with a 2.17 ERA in nine starts. During that stretch, Toronto has rallied cheap cole hamels jerseys free shipping from fourth to first in the AL East.