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Rangers manager Jeff Banister mum with Cole Hamels deal not yet official

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The hours leading up to the trade deadline can create some awkward situations.

The Texas Rangers clubhouse was buzzing about an uncompleted deal -- Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels and left-handed reliever Jake Diekman for Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison and five prospects.

The five prospects in the deal have been reported to be catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams and right-handed pitchers Alec Asher, Jake Thompson and Jerad Eickhoff.

The trade was not finalized when Rangers manager Jeff Banister met with reporters in this afternoon’s pregame media conference.

The Rangers host the New York Yankees in the finale of a four-game series at 8:05 p.m. ET at Globe Life Park.

Asked coyly if there had been a change in his probable starter for Saturday, Banister made it clear he was not in a position to comment.

“I have nothing to report," the manager said. “I know nobody has called me or said anything to me. I’ll continue to operate with the players we have in our clubhouse. We have a game to play tonight and it is important to concentrate on those 54 outs."

However, clubhouse comments from Rangers players made it seem the deal was done. Mitch Moreland and Josh Hamilton praised Harrison as a teammate.

Colby Lewis said this time of year is tough because relationships that are forged over several seasons end. “But guys can still keep up with each other and get together after the season," Lewis said.

Lewis on Hamels: “What he’s done, his track record speaks for itself. As long has he can continue to stay healthy and make his starts, I think we will be in great shape."

Harrison, who was acquired by Texas in a seven-player deadline deal with Atlanta for Mark Teixeira in 2007, was not in the Rangers clubhouse on Thursday.

Banister said he found Harrison to be “as tough a competitor as there is." The manager’s proof was the left-hander’s 14 months rehabbing two surgeries, one of which was spinal fusion.