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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
Contract: view contract details

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Sean McAdam of hears that "there's no sense of urgency" for the Red Sox to trade for Cole Hamels.
The Red Sox are said to be closely monitoring the situation, but they still refuse to part with either Blake Swihart or Mookie Betts as part of a deal. They reportedly made an offer two weeks ago which centered around mostly major league players, but the Phillies understandably rejected it, as they prefer to acquire young prospects to jumpstart their rebuilding effort. Hamels could very well remain with the Phillies to begin the season, but there's no question that it would be awkward. The southpaw is guaranteed $96 million over the next four seasons, but the Phillies haven't expressed a willingness to eat any of his contract as a way of getting higher quality prospects in return. Feb 26 - 4:09 PM

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Cole Hamels acknowledged to USA Today's Bob Nightengale that he wants the Phillies to trade him.

Hamels isn't exactly demanding to be dealt, but he was pretty blunt in his comments to Nightengale: "I just want to win," the left-hander said. "That's all. That's all any competitor wants. And I know it's not going to happen here." The Dodgers, Red Sox, Padres, and Cardinals all have serious interest, but the Phillies' asking price remains sky-high. Hamels is owed $96 million over the next four seasons, which isn't a bad rate for a legitimate ace.
Source: USA Today
Feb 18 - 4:29 PM

A source told WEEI's Rob Bradford that the Red Sox "aren't remotely close" to a trade for Cole Hamels.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Sunday that the Red Sox had made a trade offer to the Phillies for Hamels, but it obviously wasn't accepted. Bradford writes Monday that "the Sox have made Philadelphia aware of the parameters of what the Sox are willing to give up for the starter." The Rangers, Dodgers, and Cardinals are also thought to be pursuing Hamels, who is owed $96 million over the next four seasons and carries a $20 million club option (or $24 million vesting option) for 2019.
Source: WEEI
Feb 16 - 11:20 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are one of the four teams that's made a trade offer for Cole Hamels.

However, Cafardo adds that the proposal "was heavy on the major league side," as the club is "trying to avoid giving up any of their top prospects." Obviously, that's not going to work for the Phillies as they try to rebuild. Philadelphia reportedly wants Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart in any deal for Hamels, and Boston has been steadfast in refusing to give him up. It's looking likely at this point that Hamels will remain in Philly until at least the trade deadline, though things can always change in a hurry.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 15 - 11:00 AM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said four teams have made "real offers" for Cole Hamels.

The most obvious suspects are the Rangers, Dodgers and Cardinals, with the Padres, who recently signed James Shields, representing the fourth team. CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury believes Hamels is the most coveted Phillies player heading into camp, saying a number of players remain "very much available for trade." A deal still appears to be a longshot with spring training just days away, but Hamels could obviously be had for the right offer.
Source: CSN Philly
Feb 11 - 8:24 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres made "an aggressive offer" for Phillies' left-hander Cole Hamels prior to signing James Shields.

The specifics of the offer aren't known, but top prospects like right-hander Matt Wisler, catcher Austin Hedges, and outfielder Hunter Renfroe were likely discussed. It obviously wasn't enough for the Phillies, who are holding out for a can't miss prospects and aren't willing to pay much (if any) of the $96 million remaining on Hamels' contract. It's beginning to look like Hamels will start the season with the Phillies, though his name will surely pop up with any contender in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 11 - 1:50 PM

General manager Ruben Amaro said Monday of Cole Hamels that he "would expect him to be in spring training with the Phillies."

"And I would expect him to be our Opening Day starter," Amaro added. "I don't know that for sure. That could change in a phone call or two, just like with anyone else. But I would expect him to be in camp." ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Padres, Rangers, Dodgers and Cardinals "have stayed in contact with the Phillies on Hamels of late." However, it appears that one of those teams will have to budge in order to make a deal happen, as it doesn't look like Amaro will blink when it comes to his high asking price.
Feb 10 - 4:04 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Padres are "still working hard" to acquire a frontline starter.

The Padres are one team that's often been connected to Cole Hamels, and Passan notes that San Diego is not on the lefty's no-trade list (it also happens to be his hometown). Passan also adds that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro "covets" Andrew Cashner. The Rangers, Cardinals, Red Sox, and Dodgers have also been interested in Hamels this winter.
Feb 3 - 10:20 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that 5-6 teams are still trying to trade for Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.

However, nobody has come close to meeting the Phillies' asking price, so nothing is considered imminent. Dealing the southpaw could jumpstart Philadelphia's rebuilding effort, but there's no rush for Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. to change his stance unless someone blows him out of the water. There might not be a resolution with this situation until later in the season, possibly around the trade deadline. The Padres, Rangers, Cardinals, Red Sox, and Dodgers are among the teams who have expressed interest in Hamels this winter.
Feb 3 - 2:42 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports said Padres general manager A.J. Preller remains in touch with the Phillies regarding Cole Hamels.

The Padres' interest in Hamels has been known, and Rosenthal says Preller is "clearly not done trying to upgrade" his roster. A Hamels trade would likely include a few of the Padres' remaining top prospects, a price Preller has balked at thus far. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro is on record as saying he thinks Hamels will be in a Phillies uniform this season, so a trade is far from a certainty.
Jan 31 - 11:01 PM

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

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 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 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.
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

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