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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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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

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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

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Cole Hamels is updating his no-trade list.

As of Friday, Hamels can be dealt to the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Cardinals, Nationals, Braves, Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers without his consent. However, the left-hander is expected to have an altered list for the Phillies by November 1. Heyman says the Phillies have told Hamels that they "would love" to keep him, but "it's possible their situation could cause them to have to reconsider that." Hamels has four years and $96 million remaining on his contract. The Red Sox and Cubs are two clubs known to have interest in him in the past.
Oct 24 - 4:04 PM

Cole Hamels allowed two runs over eight innings in Sunday's season finale against the Braves.

Hamels started slowly, giving up three hits, including a home run, in the first inning, but he buckled down after that. The left-hander allowed just one baserunner over the next seven innings. Still, the loss dropped him to 9-9 in 30 starts. Hamels finishes the season with a 2.46 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 198/59 K/BB ratio over 204 2/3 innings.
Sep 28 - 5:27 PM

Cole Hamels pitched well on Tuesday, allowing two runs in seven innings, but was hung with a loss against the Marlins.

Hamels has now allowed three or fewer runs in 22 consecutive starts, but once again, the Phillies didn't score any runs for him. Hamels scattered seven hits and a walk while striking out four. The lefty is now 9-8 despite a 2.47 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 191/58 K/BB ratio. He'll make his final start of the season at home on Sunday against the Braves.
Sep 23 - 9:34 PM

Cole Hamels painted seven innings of one-run ball as the Phillies sunk the Padres 5-2 on Wednesday.

Hamels struck out nine, walked one and scattered seven hits. Only Cameron Maybin's RBI single in the fourth, which gave San Diego a 1-0 lead, did any damage. Fortunately for Hamels, his teammates had his back and scored four runs in the top half of the next frame. Hamels, who improved to 9-7 with a 2.47 ERA, will be in Miami next time around.
Sep 18 - 1:29 AM

Cole Hamels racked up six strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Friday.

Hamels surrendered just one run on nine hits and a walk in his seven frames. As anticipated, the veteran southpaw has bounced back in a huge way after a disappointing 2013 campaign, and now sports a 2.51 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 178/56 K/BB ratio over 182 2/3 innings. He'll again look to earn his ninth victory when he takes on the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday.
Sep 12 - 11:38 PM

Cole Hamels turned in a quality start in Sunday's loss, giving up three runs over 6 1/3 innings against the Nationals.

Hamels was victimized by fellow left-hander Adam LaRoche, as the first baseman hit two solo home runs off Hamels. He allowed seven hits and walked three on the day, with his seven strikeouts helping to limit the damage. He's 8-7 with a 2.56 ERA after the loss, and he'll be back on the hill Friday against the Marlins.
Sep 7 - 5:18 PM

Cole Hamels combined with relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon for a no-hitter in Monday afternoon's 7-0 defeat of the host Braves.

It's the only combined no-hitter in the 132-year history of the Phillies and the first one that has ever been thrown against Atlanta. Hamels probably would have liked to go the distance, but his pitch count shot up early because of five walks and seven strikeouts. He was relieved in the bottom of the seventh inning by Diekman, who struck out two of the three batters he faced. Giles then struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth, and Papelbon finished it off on a flyout, a groundout, and a lineout in the ninth. Hamels will face the Nationals on the road next.
Sep 1 - 4:41 PM