July 18 news and notes: Hamels, Upton, Headley
-With the July 31 Trade Deadline approaching and Cole Hamels the focus of seemingly endless speculation, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Phillies are expected to offer the left-hander a six-year, $130 million extension. Nothing official has come from either side, but Heyman reports that Philadelphia would like to strike a deal with Hamels similar to the five-year, $112.5 million extension given to Giants right-hander Matt Cain. According to the report, the Phillies have recently spoken with Hamels about a deal, and they are rumored to be “very committed” to keeping the lefty starter.
-USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale reported that D-backs outfielder Justin Upton will be traded, whether it’s before the July 31 deadline or during the offseason. In other Arizona news, FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi posted on Twitter that the D-backs could look to ship out reliever J.J. Putz.
-While Upton’s youth and high ceiling would warrant a big return for the D-backs, ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that Padres third baseman Chase Headley is actually demanding the highest asking price, according to one club.