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Cole Hamels | Starting Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 192
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros are a "sleeper team" when it comes to a potential landing spot for Cole Hamels.
The Astros have been aggressive in retooling their bullpen this winter, but they could use help in the rotation, as well. Hamels has a no-trade list and it's unclear if Houston is on it, so it's possible they'd have to agree to pick up his $20 million option for 2019 in order to make a deal work. Cafardo lists the Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Rangers and possibly the Giants as having interest in Hamels. Dec 14 - 11:37 AM
Source: Boston Globe

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Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports the Dodgers and Phillies discussed Chase Utley in the course of Jimmy Rollins negotiations.

Obviously the deal appears to be done without Utley being included, but it's interesting nonetheless. The Phillies have begun to tear it down, and the 30-year-old Utley doesn't appear to be exempt from the rebuild. Utley is due $90 million over the next four seasons, but he would still be easier to move than some of the Phillies big chips.
Dec 10 - 7:49 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Red Sox haven't reengaged the Phillies regarding a trade for Cole Hamels since missing out on Jon Lester.

It's only been a little over 12 hours since Lester made his decision to sign with the Cubs, so this ultimately doesn't mean much. The Red Sox match up well in a deal for Hamels and the two sides will almost certainly talk soon.
Dec 10 - 2:46 PM

Jayson Stark of ESPN hears that the Giants are interested in a trade for Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.

This means that all three teams who missed out on Jon Lester (also including the Red Sox and Dodgers) are expected to be involved for Hamels. The Phillies wouldn't have it any other way. Things have been quiet for Hamels thus far, but it should heat up very soon. However, the combination of money owed to Hamels and the prospects required to make a deal could limit the number of teams involved.
Dec 10 - 12:46 PM

Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston hears that the Phillies are not actively trying to move Cole Hamels at this week's Winter Meetings.

They really don't need to be. The Phillies could just wait to see how the free agent starting pitcher market plays out (especially in regard to Jon Lester and Max Scherzer) before getting serious about moving Hamels. There's no sense of urgency to do it this week.
Dec 9 - 4:25 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that pursuing a trade for Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels is likely the "Plan B" for the Red Sox if they are unable to sign free agent left-hander Jon Lester.

However, Rosenthal hears that it's "not out of the question" that the Red Sox could end up landing both. Hamels would come with a significant cost in prospects, but the Red Sox match up well with the Phillies as a potential trade partner. The 30-year-old southpaw is owed $96 million over the next four seasons with a $24 million option for 2019, which is a very solid value in this market.
Dec 8 - 11:46 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, a Dodgers trade for Cole Hamels appears "unlikely -- at least for now."

Rosenthal said the club is balking at the Phillies' asking price for their reasonably-paid ace. That asking price is believed to include Joc Pederson or Corey Seager, two of the Dodgers' top prospects. Rosenthal said the Dodgers are more likely to explore free agency for another starter. The Red Sox are another club known to be interested in the 30-year-old.
Dec 3 - 9:01 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Dodgers have joined the pursuit of Phillies starter Cole Hamels.

That pursuit includes the Red Sox, who Nightengale earlier Monday classified as having "had the most serious talks" regarding Hamels. The Dodgers have the prospects and the payroll muscle to get a deal done, and Hamels would certainly strengthen a rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren. If the Phillies do decide to deal their ace, they appear to be in a good position to do so.
Nov 24 - 6:07 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox "have had the most serious talks" with the Phillies regarding a trade for ace Cole Hamels.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported a few weeks ago that the Red Sox had already rejected a couple of trade proposals from the Phillies, but the dynamic has changed now that the Sox have signed both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. It's easy to make matches between Boston's surpluses and Philly's needs. Hamels, 30, is owed $96 million over the next four seasons with a $24 million option for 2019, but that's not terrible money in this market for a starter of his caliber.
Nov 24 - 1:20 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have rejected "a couple" trade proposals from the Phillies involving Cole Hamels.

It's not clear what the offers were, but Cafardo expects the Phillies to re-open trade talks with the Red Sox soon. Philly is looking to clean house this winter, and by far their best trade chip is Hamels, who has a relatively reasonable contract and won't come cheaply. In addition to the Red Sox, the Cubs and Blue Jays are two other clubs known to have interest in the left-hander.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 16 - 10:04 AM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, Cole Hamels would "love to be traded this winter."

And it sure sounds like the Phillies are shopping him, though the asking price -- believed to be three top prospects -- may be a little high at the moment. Hamels has a no-trade clause that allows him to block a deal to 20 teams, so he will have some say in the matter. The 30-year-old left-hander is owed $96 million over the next four seasons with a $24 million vesting option for 2019.
Source: USA Today
Nov 13 - 8:57 AM

Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the Blue Jays asked the Phillies about the availability of Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, and Antonio Bastardo.

The Phillies are reportedly "trying to blow the whole thing up" as they get started on their rebuilding process, so it makes sense that the Blue Jays would at least check in. It's unclear whether Toronto is on Hamels' updated no-trade list. Utley can block deals to any club.
Source: Toronto Sun
Nov 11 - 11:27 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Cubs are not listed among the 20 teams on Cole Hamels' no-trade list.

In other words, Hamels can be traded to the Cubs without his permission. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier in the day Monday that the Red Sox are on Hamels' updated no-trade list. The Phillies are reportedly looking for at least three top prospects in return for Hamels.
Nov 10 - 5:17 PM

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies "are looking for at least three top prospects" in trade talks for Cole Hamels.

Salisbury adds that, of the three, the Phils want "two that can play right now and another that isn’t far away." It's no surprise, of course, that their asking price is sky-high. Hamels is one of the elite starters in the game and the $96 million he's owed over the next four seasons is pretty reasonable for an ace. The Cubs and Red Sox have been connected to Hamels in the past and have both the prospects and payroll to make something work. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported last month that Hamels is updating his no-trade list this winter.
Source: CSN Philly
Nov 9 - 12:20 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman hears that the Cubs are interested in a trade for Phillies' left-hander Cole Hamels.

The Cubs are expected to shop at the top of the free agent class (Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, James Shields) for a starting pitcher, but they also plan to talk to the Phillies about Hamels. It's no surprise, as the Cubs claimed Hamels off revocable waivers back in August, but the Phillies pulled him back after brief trade talks. Those talks could be revisited this offseason. The Cubs have a lot of prospects and the Phillies could use an infusion of youth, so it could be a match.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 5 - 2:34 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
3Cameron Rupp
4Rene Garcia
5Koyie Hill
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
3Russ Canzler
2B1Chase Utley
2Cord Phelps
3Andres Blanco
4Odubel Herrera
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Cody Asche
2Maikel Franco
3Cesar Hernandez
4Chris Nelson
LF1Domonic Brown
2Grady Sizemore
3Xavier Paul
CF1Ben Revere
2Darin Mastroianni
3Brian Bogusevic
RF1Marlon Byrd
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Cliff Lee
3David Buchanan
4Jerome Williams
5Jesse Biddle
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Jake Diekman
3Ken Giles
4Mario Hollands
5Justin De Fratus
6Cesar Jimenez
7Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
8Luis Garcia
9Elvis Araujo
10Nefi Ogando
11Andy Oliver
12Paul Clemens