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Cole Hamels | Starting Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 202
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Cole Hamels' no-trade clause "continues to be a roadblock" when it comes to the Red Sox trying to acquire him.
The Red Sox have often been connected to Hamels since last offseason, but Bradford says they "aren’t a likely landing spot" due to them being on the southpaw's no-trade list. The Astros have run into the same problem, as they've pursued Hamels heavily but it doesn't sound like the lefty wants to go there. The Dodgers and Rangers look like the favorites for Hamels at the moment. Jul 29 - 9:58 AM
Source: WEEI.com

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros are "making a strong effort" for Cole Hamels.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported something similar on Tuesday. It's still unknown whether Hamels would wind up approving a deal to Houston, but it appears the Astros are giving it their best shot. The Phillies have reportedly told teams to get their best offers in for Hamels on Wednesday.
Jul 28 - 7:48 PM

Cole Hamels' next start has been pushed to Friday.

Hamels is scheduled to start Thursday, but the Phillies obviously don't want to use him one day before the July 31 trade deadline. His start Friday will likely be in a different uniform. The left-hander threw a no-hitter against the Cubs on Saturday afternoon.
Jul 28 - 4:11 PM

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Phillies have told several teams interested in Cole Hamels that they'd like to get their "best" offers by Wednesday.

Coming off a no-hitter, Hamels is currently scheduled to make his next start Thursday against the Braves. The Phillies would apparently prefer to make a decision before that, but there's a chance this situation could drag into Friday. The Dodgers and Rangers have been considered the favorites to land Hamels in recent days, but the Phillies have also spoken with the Cubs, Giants, Astros, Diamondbacks, Yankees, and Red Sox.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 12:26 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are making a "strong push" to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

Rosenthal notes that the Giants have $50 million coming off the payroll at the end of the season, so adding Hamels wouldn't break the bank. The Giants' biggest competition might be the division rival Dodgers, though the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Diamondbacks, and Astros have also been mentioned as possibilities.
Jul 28 - 9:01 AM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Astros "were told weeks ago" that Cole Hamels would not approve a trade to Houston.

It apparently hasn't kept the Astros from pursuing him, as both Stark and his colleague, Jerry Crasnick, are hearing that Houston is making a late push for the left-hander. Whether they'd be able to offer the best package and talk the left-hander into changing his mind remains to be seen.
Jul 27 - 10:09 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Astros "remain in the thick" of the bidding for Cole Hamels and are "making a big push" for the left-hander.

The Astros acquired Scott Kazmir last week but apparently aren't done in their search for frontline pitching. Houston is on Hamels' no-trade list and it's been reported previously that he might not be willing to waive it in order to go to the Astros. The Rangers are viewed by most as the favorites at the moment to land Hamels.
Jul 27 - 9:03 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks have reached out to the Phillies to express their interest in Cole Hamels.

The D'Backs can't be considered real contenders this season, but they'd be looking at Hamels as more of a long-term play since he's under contract through 2018 with an option for 2019. Arizona is one of 20 clubs on Hamels' no-trade list, although the southpaw has noted that he'd be willing to consider a deal to any club.
Jul 27 - 5:10 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Rangers and Phillies "remain in dialogue" about a Cole Hamels trade, but a deal isn't close at this point.

The Rangers appear to have moved to the front of the pack in the race for Hamels, but it sounds like nothing is imminent. Texas isn't a legitimate contender this season, but they'd be eyeing the future in acquiring Hamels, who is under contract through 2018 with an option for 2019.
Jul 26 - 1:17 PM

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Rangers are the "lead team" in the Cole Hamels trade discussions.

The report comes on the heels of FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal saying that there is "momentum building" toward a Hamels deal. The Rangers aren't real playoff contenders this season, but Hamels is under contract through at least 2018 and would represent a dynamic 1-2 punch with Yu Darvish over the next few years. The Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees and Giants are viewed as the biggest challengers to the Rangers for Hamels' services.
Jul 26 - 10:35 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there is "momentum building" toward a trade of Cole Hamels.

Rosenthal says that trade proposals for Hamels have improved since the left-hander threw a no-hitter versus the Cubs on Saturday, with clubs offering better players and asking for the Phillies to cover less of the southpaw's contract. He also notes that the Cubs, Dodgers, Rangers, Yankees and Giants have shown the most interest in Hamels of late.
Jul 26 - 10:05 AM

Cole Hamels pitched the first no-hitter of his career on Saturday afternoon against the Cubs.

It ended on a Kris Bryant fly to deep center field that Odubel Herrera nearly lost on the warning track. Hamels walked two but struck out 13 in what might be his final appearance as a member of the Phillies. It gave the franchise its 13th no-hitter, and it was the first no-hitter thrown against the Cubs in 50 years. The 31-year-old left-hander will carry a 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and a 137/39 K/BB ratio (through 128 2/3 innings) into trade deadline week.
Jul 25 - 6:47 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Yankees have contacted the Phillies about acquiring Cole Hamels.

Rosenthal notes that the Phillies like Aaron Judge, but he's one of the prized young prospects that the Yankees aren't planning to move at the trade deadline. Hamels would provide a much needed upgrade atop the Yankees rotation if they are able to acquire the veteran southpaw.
Jul 25 - 12:28 PM

MLB.com's TR Sullivan reports that the Rangers and Phillies have "re-opened" trade talks involving Cole Hamels.

Sullivan's sources described the chances of the two sides coming together on a deal as "maybe." Texas has been linked often with Hamels even though they're not real playoff contenders, as they'd consider the left-hander a long-term play. Hamels is making $22.5 million this season and is guaranteed $73.5 million from 2016-2018.
Jul 24 - 3:33 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman hears that the Dodgers and Rangers are the teams linked most in trade talks regarding Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.

The Dodgers have apparently been the most aggressive, which makes sense for a variety of reasons. Hamels has struggled a bit recently, but still figures to have a strong market leading up to July 31. The southpaw is making a $22.5 million salary this season and is guaranteed $73.5 million from 2016-2018, which shouldn't be a problem for the deep-pocketed Dodgers.
Jul 21 - 2:44 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Chase Utley
3Andres Blanco
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
LF1Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Ben Revere
2Domonic Brown
3Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Aaron Harang
3Jerome Williams
4Aaron Nola
5Adam Morgan
6Chad Billingsley
7Cliff Lee
8Jonathan Pettibone
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Jake Diekman
3Justin De Fratus
4Jeanmar Gomez
5Mario Hollands
6Luis Garcia
7Elvis Araujo
8Hector Neris