MLB Rumors: Mulitple Teams Attempting To Trade For Cole Hamels

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Since the weeks and days prior to the 2014 trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers have seemingly been engaged in talks with the Philadelphia Phillies for Cole Hamels.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. has thus far been unable to get a haul of prospects that he believes meet the value of Hamels, who he called one of the best pitchers in the game and compared to Clayton Kershaw. Although Amaro said in late January he didn’t expect to trade Hamels, teams haven’t ceased their attempts to construct a deal, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports:

Considering the mid-January report of the Phillies receiving interest from a West Coast team, it’s not surprising to again see the Dodgers among the teams tied to Hamels:

As the Dodgers’ trade for Jimmy Rollins was momentarily put on hold before being finalized due to the delay in sending Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres, some wondered if the Dodgers and Phillies would expand on the deal to include Hamels.

That never materialized, though Rollins revealed after the trade was completed his former teammate was more than open to joining him in Los Angeles. With Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias in the organization, the Dodgers have the prospects to satisfy the notoriously high-demanding Amaro.

However, the Dodgers have resisted parting ways with any of their young, elite talent and there’s been little-to-no indications they’re open to changing course. That being said, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaid have both openly stated they won’t hesitate to make a move if they believe it will improve the team.

Looking past Hamels’ 9-9 record suggests there’s still plenty left in the 31 year old. His 2.46 ERA was ninth-lowest in all of baseball and 1.15 WHIP ranked 24th — two spots ahead of Zack Greinke. Additionally, he threw 204.2 innings last season, which is more than any Dodger pitcher and his 198 strikeouts (14th-highest) would have been second-most on the Dodgers’ staff behind Kershaw.

Hamels is guarnateed $96 million through the 2018 season and his contract includes an $20 million team option for 2019 that will vest at $24 million should he pitch a combined 400 innings in 2017-2018 (with 200 innings coming in 2018), and avoid the disabled list with a shoulder or elbow injury at the end of 2018.


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