Phillies Gauging Trade Interest In Cole Hamels

Monday: Olney adds that the Phillies are focused on acquiring help at third base and in the outfield in any trade for Hamels (Twitter link). 

Sunday, 2:30 pm: The Phillies' asking price for Hamels is said to be a package of four to five prospects, tweets Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Olney adds rival executives believe such a package could be hard to come by with the new rule preventing teams from offering arbitration to potential free agents acquired in trade (via Twitter). 

12:22 pm: The Phillies have begun calling teams to see about trade interest in Cole Hamels, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.  The left-hander will be eligible for free agency after earning $15MM in his walk year. Heyman writes there has been no progress made in contract negotiations.

It's possible that the Phillies are just scoping out early interest in Hamels just in case, Heyman tweets, but the calls make the odds of a trade seem real at this point.  Less than a week ago, it was reported that the club was not ready to put Hamels or outfielder Shane Victorino on the block.

There should be no shortage of interest in the 28-year-old and the Rangers could be one of the more aggressive suitors for him.  Texas is said to be scouting Hamels as well as Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke.

Steve Adams contributed to this post.


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216 Comments on "Phillies Gauging Trade Interest In Cole Hamels"


sharenski
3 years 2 months ago

Gose for Hamels 

nm344
3 years 2 months ago

Phils need a 3rd baseman.  Wanna give us Lowrie? Tex would surely give up Olt.

vtadave
3 years 2 months ago

“Lowrie”?

3 years 2 months ago

Don’t be so sure that you’d get Olt. It’s not like the Rangers are desperate for Hamels. They’d be just fine without him.

nm344
3 years 2 months ago

Yeah ok.

3 years 2 months ago

Good rebuttal. Why would the Rangers include Olt unless they knew Hamels would sign an extension? I would include Olt in a trade for Hunter Pence for sure, but a pitcher in Hamels who probably wouldn’t re-sign? No thanks

3 years 2 months ago

Cole Hamels is definitely a top 10, arguably top 5 starter in baseball who would incredibly fortify the Rangers rotation even more. So what if he walks? Olt is just a prospect. Look at Justin Smoak

3 years 2 months ago

Olt isn’t Smoak. Hamels is top 10, not 5. “So what if he walks” is not a sentence you’ll ever hear a good GM say.

3 years 2 months ago

You’re right. Smoak was more of a highly rated prospect who was traded for a half season of an ace. That ace was a catalyst for getting the Rangers to their first ever world series. 

Still want Justin Smoak and a division series or championship series elimination over a half year of Cliff Lee?

3 years 2 months ago

That was the Rangers first WS. We’re interested in getting there and winning it all, but Texas can’t keep trading great prospects for rentals.

Casor_Greener
3 years 2 months ago

Smoak turned out so far to be nothing. stop acting like they are giving up Bryce Harpers

captainjeter
3 years 1 month ago

and  smoak has not exactly been lighting things up in Seattle  , has he? No wonder  the Rangers did not lose any sleep over  trading him  for Lee.

captainjeter
3 years 1 month ago

then why is it being  reported that the Rangers  are  down 4  starters ? Darvish can’t pitch everyday.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 1 month ago

Absolutely agree that the Rangers aren’t desperate. However, if you want Hamels then the Phillies would be stupid to not demand Olt be included in the deal. The Rangers level of desperation has nothing to do with what the Phillies have the right to ask for. It’s not like the Rangers are the only team in need of a Hamels type.

captainjeter
3 years 1 month ago

way to  go Amaro. Throwing in the towel on the season.

3 years 2 months ago

Red Sox need to be all in.

StanleyHudson
3 years 2 months ago

“All in” would entail the Sox giving up Middlebrooks and Lavarnway so no, the Sox shouldn’t be “all in”.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

“all in” now, as you were joking with Middlebrooks would leave the only real 3b prospect(s) at A Ball.

I get your point though. Philly understands the brewers are shopping grienke and wants to get the chance at the choicest prospects 1st **if** they decide to move him and can get overwhelmed.

PWNdroia
3 years 2 months ago

I still don’t have confidence of Greinke coming to the AL East if it were to happen (which it won’t anyway).

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 2 months ago

Any team that would be “all in” on Hamels would probably be also ready and willing to pay a $100M contract. I just don’t see the Red Sox willing to do that right now.

melonis_rex
3 years 2 months ago

i’m not so sure.

I could see a team like Detroit or Atlanta getting involved, even if they probably shouldn’t give Hamels a 100MM contract.

notsureifsrs
3 years 2 months ago

no chance for atlanta imo. detroit on the other hand is juuust crazy enough to do it

i can see atlanta getting greinke though

MB923
3 years 1 month ago

Do you say no chance for Atlanta because they’re in the same division, or for another reason?

3 years 2 months ago

This may be a stupid question, but can Cole Hamels veto a trade if he doesn’t want to go to a team like the Rangers or Dodgers?

stickyone
3 years 2 months ago

nope.  they can send him anywhere.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

No they don’t

captainjeter
3 years 1 month ago

and  what could you offer ? Amaro is  going to ask for Middlebooks , you do that  ?

melonis_rex
3 years 1 month ago

no.

start with one of xander bogaerts or jackie bradley jr.  either would fill a long term need for the phillies (3B or OF respectively), then add low level supplementary pieces.

and the red sox have middlebrooks at 3B and kalish and crawford (yikes!) in the OF, so such a deal would make sense for the sox.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

The old Simon and Garfunkel song “April, Come she will” has true meaning with regards to the Philly roster and agewise especially. They are in the month of July ATM in the song and quickly headed for August..

slider32
3 years 2 months ago

johnsilver, like the song and you hit the nail right on the head, the Phils and the Sox are the biggest disapointments this year, while the Mets and Pirates are big surprises.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 LOL. Good point!. Boston could very well be in the “August” mode of that song in a few weeks..

They *do* have Ells and CC coming back in a couple of weeks, maybe less however and maybe get revitalized from that. Both are playing rehab games already, so should be ready soon.

Philly is “on the vines” so to speak and key players about to walk, with core players past aging and signed LT.. Future is bleak.

slider32
3 years 2 months ago

It’s pretty even the Phils have Howard and Halliday coming back, while the Sox have CC and Ells. If I asked you at the beginning of the year you would give the edge to the Phils with those 2 players.

MB923
3 years 1 month ago

 How are the Red Sox a bigger disappointment than the Tigers?

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

Apparently 1 game under .500 and 3.5 out of the wildcard is better than 5 games over .500 and .5 out of the wildcard.  Who knew?

MB923
3 years 1 month ago

Especially 1 game under .500 in the worst division in baseball

3 years 2 months ago

hes signing with the dodgers

3 years 2 months ago

hes from the west coast and wants to be there long term why not get an early start?

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 2 months ago

He wants to be on the west coast? Seriously, has he actually said this or is this something you’re assuming. 

3 years 2 months ago

 I know he begged the Padres to draft him.

rainyperez
3 years 2 months ago

I’m thinking it might be a mystery team like it has always been the last couple of seasons. L.A. could be considered favorites but the Tigers , Yankees, Red Sox, and Rangers could be big time players for him.

slider32
3 years 2 months ago

If Texas gets either Greinke or Hamels they have locked up a spot in the playoffs for years to come along with the Angels.

PWNdroia
3 years 2 months ago

That’s what we said about the Phillies less than two years ago when they had Halladay, Oswalt, Lee, and Hamels, and look at where they are now.

myname_989
3 years 2 months ago

 Just because a guy is from the West Coast doesn’t mean he wants to be there long term.

Hamels has said it several times over. His family, home, and charity foundation are on the East Coast.

He’ll sign where he can win.

slider32
3 years 2 months ago

Hamels will sign with whoever gives him the most money!

6kitties
3 years 2 months ago

 Hamels home  is in Philadelphia and he has never said he wanted to pitch on the west coast. Enough with this.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 2 months ago

He’s actually said just the opposite.

rainyperez
3 years 2 months ago

Don’t like the he said this argument. Athletes understand its a business and by that I mean the players association want to see big contracts get signed.

IF and I’m not saying its final but if Hamels signs with the Dodgers for a ridiculous amount of money than I’m pretty sure Hamels conference after he signs will go something like this, “The truth is this is the place I’ve always wanted to be and I’m from Southern California so its nice to be home. I’ve always loved playing in Dodger stadium!”

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 2 months ago

I’m sure he does love pitching in Dodgers Stadium… his numbers there are great.

Either way, he’s said for years: “East Coast baseball >> West Coast.” I was just pointing that out to the above poster. Whether or not Hamels changes his tune is unknown but it’s speculation that he wants to be on the West Coast, not fact.

rainyperez
3 years 2 months ago

Whoever trades for Hamels will probably have some assurance that Hamels will sign with the team that trades for him. 

I think the Phillies just go to town and see what they can get for Ruiz, Lee, Pence, and Victorino. They do that than their rebuilding process will be quicker than most instead of the normal 5 years it maybe could be 2 or 3 years. 

nm344
3 years 2 months ago

That’s for teams without the Phillies payroll.  Phils will not rebuild. They will reload.

rainyperez
3 years 2 months ago

Reload with what in FA? Halladay, Lee, Howard, Utley, and Papelbon combine for over $100 million dollars. Not to mention that they’re another year older with Halladay’s shoulder bothering him, Lee getting hit hard, Howard’s bat speed will be slower and still can’t hit a breaking ball, and Utley’s knees can explode any minute.  

Hey Its Placido Polanco
3 years 2 months ago

First off, they don’t,  With Rollins, they do though.  Halladay is completely symptom free and will return in the next week or two.  

Around that core, you should be able to add enough affordable players to compete.  That’s kind of the point.

nm344
3 years 2 months ago

They have a few contracts coming off the books,  Hamels, Blanton, Victorino, Polanco.  If they can get a 3rd baseman in a trade for Hamels, they can still have enough money to get Bourn + Grienke in the off-season.

rainyperez
3 years 2 months ago

Not sure Bourn worth big money and Grienke not sure how he’ll handle the big spotlight playing in a big media market. Grienke could prove me wrong but if I’m a GM wouldn’t give Bourne more than a 3 year or 4 year max contract since he’ll be 30 next season.

Casor_Greener
3 years 2 months ago

Is this a joke?

Hey Its Placido Polanco
3 years 2 months ago

The Phillies have no reason to move Lee and Ruiz.  This won’t be a complete rebuild, not with Halladay, Utley, etc. signed through next year.  

PWNdroia
3 years 2 months ago

The really should rebuild.  It’s not wise to spend so much on players, especially ones overaged.

bigpat
3 years 2 months ago

If the Phillies trade Ruiz, the fans will go Gadaffi on RAJ

3 years 2 months ago

I think they will eventually get over it just like every other fan base

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 2 months ago

Depends on what they’d get back for him.

DerekJeterDan
3 years 2 months ago

This is a very big development and I think its the right decision by the Phillies. Guys like Hamels and Victorino will not necessarily be back next season. It is therefore important to gauge interest in them because if they leave via free agency, all you are left with is a possible draft pick. These are guys who are playing on a struggling team but can really help out a contender. They have won the World Series with the Phillies but in this “nightmare” season it is best to have a fire sale and maximize their value in the trade market. Getting back young players who interest the Phillies for Hamels (he will require a lot to acquire, he is amazing) would be a smart move by Amaro. The Thome trade to me seems like just the start. A fire sale (not full throttle, but definitely shedding some players) definitively punts this year but gives the team hope for years to come with the influx of young talent they would receive in any trade.

3 years 2 months ago

Jair Jurjjens for Hamels straight up.

LazerTown
3 years 2 months ago

I think the phillies would need to throw another player in their to get the braves to bite.  Maybe add lee and some money.

frank_costanza
3 years 2 months ago

Hopefully Amaro makes the right decision and deals him for an infield or outfield prospect. You can’t re-sign him, it’s just not going to happen. Even if you could, you are further handcuffing yourself financially.

For what it’s worth, i think he signs with Boston in FA. I know everyone seems to think that LA is the favorite because it makes sense, but Hamels has already stated that he likes playing on the East Coast.

3 years 2 months ago

Would love to get Hamels, but I don’t think we have anything the Phillies would want.  Calling all Phillies fans, who would you want from our farm system for Hamels if you had your choice?

nm344
3 years 2 months ago

Phils biggest need is a 3rd baseman major-league ready prospect.

LazerTown
3 years 2 months ago

Yankees have none of that, all of their hitting prospects of any value are still in A.

asovermann
3 years 2 months ago

Not a Phillies fan but I’d say Mason Williams or Gary Sanchez, maybe Tyler Austin, the pitching prospects have become less desirable in the past year or so.

nictonjr
3 years 2 months ago

Most of the help from a Yankee trade, Mason Williams/Gary Sanchez, wouldn’t come until 2014-2015.  Add in say Nova and Adams.  Not sure if the Phillies want to wait 3, or more, seasons for a return on a Hamels trade…

rainyperez
3 years 2 months ago

Well with the Nationals, Braves, and Marlins emerging they might have to wait more than 3 seasons.

LazerTown
3 years 2 months ago

Don’t really see the point for the yankees, williams and sanchez are tearing pitchers apart and should be moved to AA soon.  And nova has always shown an ability to give good starts and win games, and both years he has started off slow, and pitched very effectively later on.

Hamels is a good pitcher but I don’t see the yankees in a position where they need him in order to compete and are willing to mortgage the future for half a season of him.  2 years of felix hernandez i would do that deal, but a couple months Hamels is not worth it especially when postseason arrives they have kuroda, CC, Pettitte at the top of their rotation, hughes and nova should be able to fill in anything else.

3 years 2 months ago

I would assume it would be two B prospects. Austin, Almonte, and maybe phelps. Though I could be completely wrong, I just can’t justify giving up top prospects for less than a full season.

DerekJeterDan
3 years 2 months ago

Take a look at the recent teams who have won the World Series. They were not the team that acquired the big ticket prize at the deadline but the teams that acquired role players, veteran pieces, and/or situational relievers. These are the type of players the Yankees need to acquire/look into. In 2009 the Yankees got Eric Hinske and Jerry Hairston Jr. These moves kept the other guys fresh and made them a very lengthy team. With injuries to Pettitte and Sabathia, the Yankees now have a need in the rotation. You can ride Kuroda, Hughes, and Nova for a while with guys like Phelps and Garcia pitching in here and there but a veteran piece to lengthen out the rotation would go a long way. Someone like Ryan Dempster is who the Yankees should be looking into. A veteran who is hungry for redemption in the playoffs and who is on a bad team in the last year of his contract. Cashman and Epstein have wanted to make a move together for some time. I can see this happening.

3 years 2 months ago

It doesn’t matter who you acquire, sports are the one thing where you don’t have to be the best to win, you just have to get hot at the right time. If i were a gm, I would get players who tend to hit well/pitch well in the second half, or the last month of the season and hope that their hot streaks continue. Other than that, it’s luck. 

Were the giants (football) the best team last year? no, they got hot at the right time, same goes for the cardinals last year.

slider32
3 years 2 months ago

Dylan, I totally agree, the playoffs are random, only 4 teams with the best record during the regular season have won the world series since 1996. The most recent were the 2005 White Sox and the 2009 Yanks.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 2 months ago

I don’t think it’s about “who’s hot…” it’s about who you match up against. The Phillies #’s against the Cardinals and Giants (for example) were pretty bad.

Whowonthe2009WorldSeries
3 years 2 months ago

Why would they be interested in Dempster? He’s old, bad and injured. Let’s not pretend like he’s good because he’s had a decent first half in the NL Central.  

DerekJeterDan
3 years 2 months ago

He is injured (15 day dl) but he is not bad. A 2.11 ERA and .204 BAA suggests that he is actually having success this year in the NL. Often times a pitcher is mistakenly judged by wins and loses but those are more team stats than stats that reflect the pitcher. At 35 he is not a bad option. He is an option they HAVE looked into and he shouldn’t be too expensive to get. Any veteran presence to lengthen out the rotation (with Andy hurt) would go a long way to help them through the dog days of summer.

slider32
3 years 2 months ago

I agree with most of what you said, except the playoffs are all random. Since 96 only 4 of the teams with the best season record have won the world series. Recently the 05 White Sox and the 09 Yanks. That’s 4 out of 32, totally random.

LazerTown
3 years 2 months ago

CC will be back after the as break.  Anyone from the cubs will be costly.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 2 months ago

Center Fielder or 3rd baseman of the future.

dylanp5030
3 years 2 months ago

Mason Williams and Gary Sanchez

LazerTown
3 years 2 months ago

for 2 months of Hamels?  You are nuts. Both have ops over .850 at important defensive positions.

dylanp5030
3 years 2 months ago

He asked if we had our choice. That was my choice.

chris_synan1
3 years 2 months ago

The Red Sox will pass….

p_phelps09
3 years 2 months ago

Rangers send holland and olt for hamels.. deal?

3 years 2 months ago

No thanks, we’ve got enough guys on the DL as it is. Maybe if you want Cliff Lee back…

p_phelps09
3 years 2 months ago

Hes coming set to start his rehab starts very soon..and he was on the DL because of getting a virus and losing 15 lbs not physical injuries 

nm344
3 years 2 months ago

Olt is really a perfect fit for the Phils.  Could see a deal with him as the main prospect.

3 years 2 months ago

Uhhh, no…for both parties.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 2 months ago

I’d do that, doubt the Rangers would.

3 years 2 months ago

How ’bout Hamels and a low prospect to Texas for Robbie Ross, Mike Olt and Martin Perez…

3 years 2 months ago

 With the new draft compensation rules potential free agents have less trade value. Olt alone would be sufficient return unless the Rangers think they can sign Hamels to an extension.

Tony Bennett
3 years 2 months ago

way too much … the superstar one year rental usually gets you one A/B+ prospect and one or two B-/C+ guys … As a Ranger fan, I would do Olt and either Tanner Scheppers or Luis Sardinas … Phils get an MLB ready 3B plus either an MLB ready power reliever or a high risk/high reward shortstop (Rollins replacement) who is blocked in Texas

…but before I did that I would probably go shopping a similar package to see if I could snag a front line guy who would stick around for more than 1/2 year (maybe Garza)

nictonjr
3 years 2 months ago

Cubs would jump on  Olt and some pitching for Garza. 

Tony Bennett
3 years 2 months ago

I would think so … I can’t decide if I’d rather do Olt + Scheppers for Hamels or something like Olt + Neil Ramirez + Engel Beltre for Garza … I don’t LOVE Garza, but that extra year is tempting

If I were the Rangers I would be letting teams know that guys like Olt, plus a couple arms (Scheppers, Ramirez, Justin Grimm, Cody Buckel), and some blocked lottery ticket hitters (Beltre, Christian Villanueva, Leury Garcia, Luis Sardinas) are available and that we’re looking for a young, front line starter under control for 2+ years (trying to swing a deal like the Gio/Latos deals this off-season)

3 years 2 months ago

What good is the extra year if Garza is no better than 3/5 of our current rotation?

slider32
3 years 2 months ago

Should be interesting to see who goes first, Hamels, Garza, Dempster, Greinke, or Rodriguez. If Texas gets one of them I would say they are in good shape for years to come in the west along with the Angels. Both should make the playoffs with the Astros moving into the west and an extra wildcard.

3 years 2 months ago

I’d be willing to substitute Bastardo for the low prospect.

Tony Bennett
3 years 2 months ago

Just don’t see any way that both Olt and Perez are included for a one-year rental of Hamels … and swapping out Ross for Bastardo is a loss (Ross has been better, albeit perhaps luckier, this year and is under control for 5 more years)