Could Hamels be next for Red Sox?

It’s no secret that Cole Hamels could likely be dealt out of Philadelphia this offseason and, as it turns out, the Red Sox are the team that has had “the most serious talks” with the Phillies regarding the left-hander, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Boston, of course, also still has an offer in to Jon Lester. With the club reportedly on the verge of signing both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, however, the Red Sox could now be in a position to move some of their surplus pieces in a potential trade.

The Red Sox offer to Lester has been reported to be in the range of $110-120 million. The 30-year-old Hamels, meanwhile, is owed $96 million over the next four seasons, with a $24 million option for 2019.

Though Boston reportedly shot down trade offers from the Phillies earlier this offseason, the Red Sox’s recent flourish in free agency certainly changes the team’s current outlook. With Ramirez and Sandoval locked up for the foreseeable future, the Red Sox may now be willing to part with the players ultimately needed to land Hamels.

The Red Sox also need to figure out what exactly to do with Ramirez, as they are almost certainly not going to give up on 22-year-old shortstop Xander Bogaerts. That means the most likely scenario involves moving Ramirez to the outfield, where the Red Sox already have an abundance of potential starters.

Among the list of potential outfielders currently on Boston’s roster are Yoenis Cespedes, Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts, Shane Victorino, Allen Craig and Jackie Bradley Jr. The recent signings of Sandoval and Ramirez could indicate that at least one of those outfielders will be on the move at some point this winter.

Either way, it seems the Red Sox are far from done this offseason.

— Paul Casella

10 Comments

THE RED SOX SPENT ALL OF THAT MONEY, AND THEY WILL STILL WIND UP IN LAST PLACE. WHAT A JOKE THEY ARE. SAME FOR MADDON AND THE DODGERS. DODGERS ARE A BUNCH OT LOSERS, AND THE GIANTS WILL KNOCK THEM OUT OF POST SEASON AGAIN IN 2012. I WILL BE THE ONE YOU HEAR LAUGHING FROM COAST TO COAST. DODGERS EQUAL LOSERS

make that 2015

Ramirez won’t be in the infield, as per your report. All info says he is heading to the outfield. Unless you know of some SS trade the red Sox have planned????

red sox have boggiest to play ss…i could see them either trading cespedes for hamels or some combo of craig and betts or nava and betts or victorino and betts…or maybe they trade some young pitchers and keep betts, and don’t resign cespedes…idk all i know is if the rotation is lester, hamels, bucholhz, kelly, and ranaudo/rubby ill be excited

sorry that should say bogaerts

THE HELL WITH THE RED SOX, LOOSERS FOREVER TO HELL WITH THEM

I don’t know who the answer is however, Cole Hamels it is not IMHO. He is an overall fair to good pitcher in the NL and no better than fair against AL hitters. Was hoping that Bucholz would recover however, doesn’t look like it; I think he’s gone. Praying Bosox get Jon Lester and Andrew Miller (LHRP) back. Agree; the young guns and Kelly should pay dividends.

Fairly substantial signings by the Bo Sox, they just made a big time upgrade. Will be exciting to see the dominoes that subsequently follow.

I hope the Dodgers are ready to bail out the Blowsox again.

All the Red Sox Hater’s are out there because There N.Y. Yanks SUCK! Ha-Ha-Ha

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