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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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Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays haven't asked the Phillies about Cole Hamels "in months."
The report comes on the heels of a revelation from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman which stated that Hamels would not waive his no-trade clause to go to Toronto. Davidi, though, hears that their inquiry came all the way back during the GM meetings in November. Regardless of when it took place, it appears clear that Hamels isn't going to the Blue Jays. May 22 - 1:25 PM
Source: Sportsnet

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays inquired on Cole Hamels but were told the lefty would not waive his no-trade clause to go to Toronto.

It's not clear whether talks ever really got going, but it's a moot point with Hamels apparently not willing to play in Canada. The Blue Jays are one of 20 clubs on the left-hander's limited no-trade list. Although Toronto can be crossed off as a potential landing spot for Hamels, the southpaw remains a good bet to be dealt prior to the July 31 deadline.
May 22 - 11:48 AM

Cole Hamels was stellar again on Monday, allowing the Rockies to score only once in 7 1/3 innings in Monday's win.

The Phillies have now won six games in a row for the first time since 2012. Hamels worked around six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. The Rockies plated their only run against him with a second-inning D.J. LeMahieu RBI single. Despite Hamels' April struggles, his ERA is now down to 3.24 with a 1.18 WHIP and a 62/23 K/BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings. The lefty will try his hand against the Nationals in a weekend road start next.
May 19 - 12:00 AM

Cole Hamels picked up his third win on Wednesday, giving up two runs in seven innings of work as the Phillies edged out the Pirates 3-2.

Hamels allowed two singles to start off the fifth inning, then hit a batter to load the bases. He appeared to be seeing his way out of trouble with a strikeout of Sean Rodriguez for out number two, but Andrew McCutchen laced a single to center to plate two runs. They were three of only five hits the lefty gave up on the evening while walking one and striking out nine. Hamels has battled inconsistency but has been outstanding in four out of his last five starts and now has a 3.53 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a 54/22 K/BB ratio in 51 innings. He'll look to keep it going in his next start, when he will kick off a road trip at Coors Field against the Rockies.
May 13 - 9:56 PM

Cole Hamels was brilliant in Friday's victory over the Mets, allowing just one run on four hits over seven strong innings.

The All-Star southpaw racked up eight strikeouts on the evening while issuing a pair of walks. The only blemish on his evening was allowing Michael Cuddyer to scurry home on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. He'll head into Wednesday's start against the Pirates with a 3.68 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 46/21 K/BB ratio through 44 innings on the year.
May 8 - 9:41 PM

Cole Hamels was shelled for six earned runs in six innings Saturday in a loss to the Marlins.

It was the third loss of the season for Hamels, who now stands 1-3 with a 4.14 ERA and 1.35 WHIP through 37 innings. He struck out six Miami batters but gave up a whopping 10 hits and walked three. The ace left-hander will try to get on the right track next week against the Mets. Hamels has a long enough track record of success that these early bumps in the road shouldn't affect his trade value. Boston is still considered the favorite to land him.
May 2 - 6:59 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox "remain the favorite" to trade for Cole Hamels.

Nothing is close, and a rival general manager told Heyman that Boston "isn't blinking" when it comes to their refusal to part with Mookie Betts or Blake Swihart. However, Heyman adds that the Phillies like Red Sox outfield prospect Manny Margot, so it's possible a package could be built around him. According to Heyman, the Red Sox are still the favorites to land Hamels "thanks to their prospect depth and need."
May 1 - 11:33 AM

Cole Hamels finally won his first game, yielding just one run over seven innings on Monday versus the Cardinals.

Though the Phillies only provided him a total of six runs of support over his first four starts, Hamels hadn't pitched particularly well either. It was a different story on Monday night. The Phillies scored three times behind Hamels (four total) while the lefty limited the Cardinals to four hits and four walks with nine strikeouts. Hamels' control is a bit concerning as he has 16 walks in 31 innings now. Nevertheless, he heads into a weekend start against the Marlins with a 3.19 ERA.
Apr 27 - 11:05 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies haven't received any trade inquiries on Cole Hamels since late March.

It's not a surprise, as teams are aware that general manager Ruben Amaro isn't dropping his asking price for the left-hander. Hamels is off to a fine start this season with a 3.75 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 23 strikeouts over 24 innings. He remains a good bet to be dealt at some point prior to the trade deadline.
Source: Boston Globe
Apr 26 - 11:58 AM

Cole Hamels allowed just an unearned run in six innings but took a no-decision as the Phillies lost to the Marlins on Wednesday.

The unearned run was Hamels' fault, as he dropped a throw from Chase Utley while covering first base on a ground ball that would have ended the inning. Hamels again wasn't sharp, but the ineffectual Marlins' offense wasn't able to do much against him anyway. The lefty yielded five hits, walked three, and struck out five. Still winless, Hamels owns a 3.75 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and a 23/12 K/BB ratio over 24 innings. He'll toe the rubber next in St. Louis versus the Cardinals.
Apr 22 - 10:10 PM

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

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

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C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Andres Blanco
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Cesar Hernandez
LF1Ben Revere
2Grady Sizemore
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
S1Cole Hamels
2Aaron Harang
3Jerome Williams
4Chad Billingsley
5Sean O'Sullivan
6Cliff Lee
7Jonathan Pettibone
Relief Pitcher
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Ken Giles
3Jake Diekman
4Justin De Fratus
5Jeanmar Gomez
6Mario Hollands
7Luis Garcia
8Elvis Araujo