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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are making a "strong push" to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

Rosenthal notes that the Giants have $50 million coming off the payroll at the end of the season, so adding Hamels wouldn't break the bank. The Giants' biggest competition might be the division rival Dodgers, though the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Diamondbacks, and Astros have also been mentioned as possibilities.
Jul 28 - 9:01 AM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Astros "were told weeks ago" that Cole Hamels would not approve a trade to Houston.

It apparently hasn't kept the Astros from pursuing him, as both Stark and his colleague, Jerry Crasnick, are hearing that Houston is making a late push for the left-hander. Whether they'd be able to offer the best package and talk the left-hander into changing his mind remains to be seen.
Jul 27 - 10:09 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Astros "remain in the thick" of the bidding for Cole Hamels and are "making a big push" for the left-hander.

The Astros acquired Scott Kazmir last week but apparently aren't done in their search for frontline pitching. Houston is on Hamels' no-trade list and it's been reported previously that he might not be willing to waive it in order to go to the Astros. The Rangers are viewed by most as the favorites at the moment to land Hamels.
Jul 27 - 9:03 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks have reached out to the Phillies to express their interest in Cole Hamels.

The D'Backs can't be considered real contenders this season, but they'd be looking at Hamels as more of a long-term play since he's under contract through 2018 with an option for 2019. Arizona is one of 20 clubs on Hamels' no-trade list, although the southpaw has noted that he'd be willing to consider a deal to any club.
Jul 27 - 5:10 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and a two-run home run in Sunday's 11-5 win over the Cubs.

Franco's been dealing with a bit of a sore right elbow of late, but he looked no worse for the wear on Sunday. The young third baseman cranked a two-run homer off Cubs starter Jason Hammel in the first inning, then added an RBI double in the sixth to finish with three RBI on the day. The homer was his 11th of the season and he's currently slashing a rock-solid .285/.343/.496 over 246 at-bats. While we could see many of his teammates changing uniforms by the trade deadline, Franco can safely keep his dry cleaner's card, as it would be a surprise if the Phillies shipped off one of their most promising prospects.
Jul 26 - 5:37 PM

Making his second start in the majors, Aaron Nola pitched well in a win over the Cubs on Sunday, yielding four runs on five hits over 7 2/3 innings.

The No. 7 pick in the amateur draft last season, Nola's skyrocketed to the big leagues. Both of his starts have been impressive thus far. Against the Cubs on Sunday, he struck out six and walked two. Kris Bryant managed a sacrifice fly in the first inning and Dexter Fowler burned him for a solo homer in the third, but otherwise, the 22-year-old kept things under control until the Cubs reached him for an additional two runs in the eighth. The game was already well in hand by that point. Overall, Nola's allowed five runs in 13 2/3 innings and holds a 12/3 K/BB ratio over that span. Those in deeper mixed leagues would be advised to strongly consider him until he shows signs that major league hitters are catching on to his act. A home start against the rival Braves will close out July for the youngster.
Jul 26 - 5:32 PM

Phillies OF prospect Aaron Altherr launched his 12th homer Saturday in a win for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

It's his second homer in the last three games. The 24-year-old has produced at least two hits in four of his last five contests. Altherr is now hitting .305 with an impressive .525 slugging percentage since his promotion on June 23. If the Phillies swap one of their outfielders before Friday's trade deadline (Jeff Francoeur and Ben Revere have both been attached to trade rumors), Altherr could get called up to the big leagues.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 26 - 5:22 PM

Phillies 1B prospect Kyle Martin smashed a career-high four hits Saturday in a win for Low-A Lakewood.

He entered Saturday's game in a 5-for-24 slump. The 22-year-old is now batting .376 with 20 RBI over his first 109 minor league at-bats. Saturday was Martin's 11th multi-hit game of the year. Philadelphia selected Martin in the fourth round of the 2015 draft after he hit .350 with 14 HR and 11 SB during his senior year at the University of South Carolina.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 26 - 4:14 PM

Aaron Harang (foot) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.

Assuming he doesn't have a setback, it's expected to be his lone rehab outing before rejoining the Phillies' rotation. Harang has missed nearly a month of action with plantar fasciitis.
Jul 26 - 1:29 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Rangers and Phillies "remain in dialogue" about a Cole Hamels trade, but a deal isn't close at this point.

The Rangers appear to have moved to the front of the pack in the race for Hamels, but it sounds like nothing is imminent. Texas isn't a legitimate contender this season, but they'd be eyeing the future in acquiring Hamels, who is under contract through 2018 with an option for 2019.
Jul 26 - 1:17 PM

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Rangers are the "lead team" in the Cole Hamels trade discussions.

The report comes on the heels of FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal saying that there is "momentum building" toward a Hamels deal. The Rangers aren't real playoff contenders this season, but Hamels is under contract through at least 2018 and would represent a dynamic 1-2 punch with Yu Darvish over the next few years. The Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees and Giants are viewed as the biggest challengers to the Rangers for Hamels' services.
Jul 26 - 10:35 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there is "momentum building" toward a trade of Cole Hamels.

Rosenthal says that trade proposals for Hamels have improved since the left-hander threw a no-hitter versus the Cubs on Saturday, with clubs offering better players and asking for the Phillies to cover less of the southpaw's contract. He also notes that the Cubs, Dodgers, Rangers, Yankees and Giants have shown the most interest in Hamels of late.
Jul 26 - 10:05 AM

Ryan Howard slugged a three-run homer Saturday in the Phillies' defeat of the Cubs.

Howard went deep to left-center off Cubs starter Jake Arrieta after an Odubel Herrera two-out double and a Maikel Franco two-out walk. The veteran first baseman has tallied 17 home runs and 51 RBI in 89 games this season despite a .223 batting average and .269 OBP.
Jul 25 - 7:03 PM

Cole Hamels pitched the first no-hitter of his career on Saturday afternoon against the Cubs.

It ended on a Kris Bryant fly to deep center field that Odubel Herrera nearly lost on the warning track. Hamels walked two but struck out 13 in what might be his final appearance as a member of the Phillies. It gave the franchise its 13th no-hitter, and it was the first no-hitter thrown against the Cubs in 50 years. The 31-year-old left-hander will carry a 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and a 137/39 K/BB ratio (through 128 2/3 innings) into trade deadline week.
Jul 25 - 6:47 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Yankees have contacted the Phillies about acquiring Cole Hamels.

Rosenthal notes that the Phillies like Aaron Judge, but he's one of the prized young prospects that the Yankees aren't planning to move at the trade deadline. Hamels would provide a much needed upgrade atop the Yankees rotation if they are able to acquire the veteran southpaw.
Jul 25 - 12:28 PM


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