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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
Contract: view contract details

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Cole Hamels gave up two more homers while allowing five runs in six innings Thursday in a loss to the Nationals.
If it was just the two solo homers, it wouldn't have been such a bad outing. However, a balk on a pickoff throw (probably undeserved) helped lead to a run in the fourth and Hamels gave up a double, a walk and a two-run double to start the sixth. Hamels' stuff is fine, and the results will be there soon enough. The wins probably won't be. Apr 16 - 9:40 PM

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Cole Hamels shut down the Nationals in Saturday's 3-2 win, allowing just one run on two hits over seven innings.

The lefty struck out five and walked just two. The only blemish on his line came in the form of a Wilson Ramos solo home run in the fourth. Neither Hamels, nor Nationals starter Doug Fister, figured in the decision here. This start marked a huge improvement over Hamels' season opener, when he allowed four home runs to the Red Sox in five innings. The lefty ace posted a 2.46 ERA and a 198/59 K/BB ratio over 204 2/3 innings in 2014 and remains a likely trade candidate in 2015. He'll face the Nationals again in his next start.
Apr 11 - 11:05 PM

Cole Hamels was hit hard in his Opening Day loss against the Red Sox on Monday, allowing four runs -- all on solo home runs -- in five innings.

Dustin Pedroia hit the first solo home run in the first inning. Mookie Betts made it two in the third, and then Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez hit three and four in the fifth inning. Hamels struggled with his command throughout the afternoon. It's nothing to worry about, though, as Hamels has traditionally been a slow starter and gets stronger by the time the calendar turns to May. Hamels, coming off of a 2.46 ERA and a 198/59 K/BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings last season, will draw a considerable amount of media attention as the Phillies are expected to continue to explore trading him leading up to the July 31 deadline.
Apr 6 - 7:11 PM

Cole Hamels yielded two runs -- one earned -- over six innings Wednesday against the Braves.

Hamels rebounded from a poor start to his spring with a couple of strong outings to close it out, leaving him with a 4.15 ERA. He'll face the Red Sox on Opening Day.
Apr 1 - 4:16 PM

The Phillies have named Cole Hamels their Opening Day starter.

Now there's a shocker (not really). Hamels holds a 5.17 ERA this spring, but obviously zero stock should be placed into that. The lefty could struggle for wins on the rebuilding Phillies, but he's a good bet to be traded at some point before the deadline.
Mar 29 - 1:12 PM

Cole Hamels finally had a strong outing Thursday, going five scoreless against the Blue Jays.

Hamels entered with a 7.59 ERA in four starts, but we didn't think it was anything to worry about at all. What we are concerned about is the Phillies' ability to provide him with any run support at all.
Mar 26 - 5:32 PM

Cole Hamels allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings and struck out five against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Hamels gave up homers to Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista in the first inning, but he improved after that and he ended up lowering his spring ERA to 7.59. We still have no concerns at all about his poor showing this month.
Mar 21 - 5:16 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers and Phillies "continue to remain in contact" regarding Cole Hamels.

Heyman cautions that the two sides are "said to be still far apart" and "weren't necessarily expressing great optimism the gap could be closed," but they also "aren't closing the door, either." The report adds that the Phillies "have been said to be seeking three good prospects, with one top-flight one" in a deal involving Hamels. The Rangers have a big need for pitching and the prospects to get something done if they want, but thus far they've balked at taking on Hamels' contract and also giving up a bevy of prospects.
Mar 20 - 5:28 PM

Cole Hamels was tagged for five runs in two innings by the Orioles on Monday.

Helps gave up a three-run homer to Chris Davis and three doubles. He also walked two and threw a wild pitch. Still, there were no indications afterwards of any physical problems at all. It was just a bad day, apparently.
Mar 16 - 5:18 PM

According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, "nothing has changed" in Boston's pursuit of Cole Hamels.

Which essentially means the Red Sox still aren't willing to cough up top catching prospect Blake Swihart. Lauber says the Boston front office is also concerned about committing to a pitcher through the 2019 season, which could be the case with Hamels if he demands that his option gets picked up. This could all be posturing, of course, in what seems to be an ongoing dance between the two organizations. There were several Phillies executives sitting behind home plate at a recent Red Sox spring game.
Mar 16 - 9:13 AM

Cole Hamels gave up two runs in three innings Wednesday as the Phillies edged the Pirates 3-2.

Hamels was one strike away from getting through three scoreless before Jordy Mercer hit a two-run homer with a full count. Hamels then retired Neil Walker to end his day. He walked two and struck out one. It was Hamels' second spring start after he pitched two scoreless innings against the Yankees last Friday.
Mar 11 - 4:25 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Yankees and Phillies have not talked about Cole Hamels in "quite awhile."

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Monday that the Yankees "have come the closest to landing Hamels" out of all the teams that have pursued the ace left-hander, but Heyman's sources disagree. "At present at least the Yankees don't seem anywhere close to Hamels," writes Heyman. "Nor does it seem they were ever anywhere close." The Dodgers, Red Sox, Padres, Rangers, and Cardinals are the other teams that have been linked to Hamels, who is under contract for the next four years at $96 million.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 9 - 9:47 AM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Sunday that one team has "stepped up and has shown more particular interest" in Cole Hamels over the last few days.

Obviously Amaro didn't name the club, but this comes on the heels of Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reporting that the Yankees have "come the closest" of any team this winter to landing Cole Hamels in a trade. Of course, it's always possible Amaro could be bluffing and is just trying to get someone to up their bid. Hamels is likely to be dealt at some point prior to the trade deadline.
Mar 8 - 12:40 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe was told by one source from the Phillies that the Yankees have "come the closest" of any team this winter to landing Cole Hamels in a trade.

Cafardo says the offer included a "package of prospects that at least has given the Phillies a baseline for future talks." It's not clear whether the two clubs are still actively engaged in negotiations. While the Yankees are one of the teams Hamels can be traded to without his consent, they haven't really been mentioned among his most likely potential landing spots until now. They do make plenty of sense, though, given the health question marks in their rotation.
Source: Boston Globe
Mar 8 - 9:14 AM

Cole Hamels worked two scoreless innings, allowing just a single, Friday versus the Yankees.

Hamels struck out two and walked none with a number of scouts looking on. Even though his track record is pretty much spotless, he'll be watched as closely as any pitcher this spring.
Mar 6 - 5:08 PM

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