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Cole Hamels | Starting Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 192
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Tuesday that he thinks Cole Hamels "is going to be in our uniform" next season.
"I don’t really foresee him being moved," Amaro said. "It is possible because we’re literally keeping our minds and eyes and ears open on every player that we have on our roster. That said, he’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. And so, if we were to move him, we’re going to have to get some of the best prospects in baseball back." It's perfectly reasonable for Amaro to take this stance, as Hamels is his best trade chip and he needs to extract as much value as possible if he's going to deal him. And, because Hamels is under contract for four more years, there's no pressure for the GM to make a move unless he gets exactly what he wants. The Cardinals, Red Sox, Padres and Rangers have been talking to the Phillies about the southpaw, though the Rangers are likely now out of the picture after they dealt for Yovani Gallardo. Jan 20 - 9:43 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals' interest in Cole Hamels has "not advanced."

It was Rosenthal who reported just over a week ago that the Cardinals were interested in Hamels, but it appears no headway has been made in trade talks since then. He thinks the Cards might be "focused on other matters," which could be Max Scherzer and/or David Price, two other arms Rosenthal connected the team to. In addition to St. Louis, Boston, Texas and San Diego appear to be the primary suitors for Hamels. It doesn't appear that the lefty is close to be traded anywhere, though.
Jan 16 - 9:31 AM

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that a potential "stumbling block" with the Rangers possibly trading for Cole Hamels is the money involved.

Hamels is owed $96 million over the next four seasons and has a $20 million club option (or $24 million vesting option) for a fifth year, and that's evidently a tad rich for the Rangers. Fraley says that the Phillies would have to pick up some of Hamels' contract in order to make something work, and it seems unlikely that they'd be willing to do that since, relatively, his deal is quite reasonable. The Red Sox, Padres and Cardinals are also in on the left-hander.
Jan 15 - 11:18 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com was told by a source familiar with the Phillies’ thinking on the matter that general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. and his club have been "unrealistic in their expectations" in regard to a return in a trade for Cole Hamels.

They have every reason to, as Hamels is their biggest trade chip and would fetch a huge haul to kickstart their rebuilding effort. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reported Thursday that the Phillies are eyeing Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart and Padres catching prospect Austin Hedges in a possible Hamels deal, but they'd surely want some other major pieces in both scenarios. The Red Sox have a clear need, but this situation might not have a resolution until later in the season. The Cardinals and Rangers have also been linked to Hamels in recent days.
Source: WEEI.com
Jan 15 - 4:15 PM

The Phillies are high on Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart and would insist on Padres catching prospect Austin Hedges in a trade involving Cole Hamels, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly.

Carlos Ruiz turns 36 years old in a week and the Phillies are rather thin in catching depth at the higher levels of the minor leagues, so adding a prospect like Swihart or Hedges would be a boon to their system. The Phillies are reportedly asking for a lot in any Hamels deal, so they may not move him before the start of the season. A July trade seems more likely. Along with the Red Sox and Padres, the Cardinals and Rangers have also reportedly shown interest in Hamels.
Jan 15 - 11:11 AM

Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly says in a video that the Phillies are in "staredowns" with four teams regarding Cole Hamels.

Salisbury names the Padres, Cardinals, Rangers and Red Sox as the four clubs involved. Because the Phillies haven't lowered their asking price and none of the clubs seem willing to give up what the Phils want, Salisbury said he suspects a Hamels trade might not come to fruition until sometime during the season. These things can change in a hurry, though, so don't count out a deal this winter just yet.
Jan 14 - 10:25 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Padres "are said to be alive" for a potential trade involving Cole Hamels.

Heyman cautions that other teams are in the mix and "ultimately it isn't known" how likely the Padres are to land the San Diego native. However, it's clear that they're among the clubs actively involved for Hamels, and they managed to hang on to their top prospects even after acquiring Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers. Heyman adds that the most recent talks between the Phillies and Padres did not involve Myers, as San Diego is likelier to deal prospects in any potential trade.
Jan 12 - 7:17 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox haven't had any trade discussions this month with the Phillies involving Cole Hamels.

The two sides have talked plenty about the lefty this offseason, but talks have stalled since the Red Sox have refused to part with either Mookie Betts or Blake Swihart. Hamels remains likely to be dealt at some point prior to spring training, with the Cardinals being the latest team to show interest.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 11 - 12:16 PM

The Cardinals are exploring a trade for Cole Hamels, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

The duo also reports the club is looking at David Price and Max Scherzer to give them depth moving forward. The Phillies' price on their ace has been high thus far, but the Cardinals are in a position to meet those needs if they're so inclined. The Padres are another club recently connected to Hamels, who is signed through the 2018 season with a club option for 2019.
Jan 7 - 11:29 PM

Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News reports that the Padres have had discussions with the Phillies regarding Cole Hamels.

Lawrence notes that any trade package for Hamels could revolve around the newly-acquired Wil Myers. The Padres have pulled off several blockbuster moves in the past week, and acquiring an elite top of the rotation left-hander would be another strong acquisition.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 05:11:00 PM

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.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 11:37:00 AM

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.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 07:49:00 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.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 02:46:00 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.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 12:46:00 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.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 04:25:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
3Cameron Rupp
4Rene Garcia
5Koyie Hill
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
3Russ Canzler
4Chris McGuiness
2B1Chase Utley
2Cord Phelps
3Andres Blanco
4Odubel Herrera
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Cody Asche
2Maikel Franco
3Cesar Hernandez
4Chris Nelson
LF1Grady Sizemore
2Jordan Danks
3Xavier Paul
CF1Ben Revere
2Darin Mastroianni
3Brian Bogusevic
RF1Domonic Brown
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
13Jeanmar Gomez
14Kevin Slowey