Padres, Phillies talking Hamels?
San Diego might not be done with big acquisitions.
The Padres and Phillies have discussed a potential trade for left-hander Cole Hamels, Philly.com reported Sunday evening. Outfielder Wil Myers — who came to San Diego as part of Friday’s four-team blockbuster — would be the headliner heading back to Philadelphia, according to the report.
San Diego has a plethora of outfielders following its offseason moves, beginning with Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Myers. Incumbents Seth Smith, Cameron Maybin, Will Venable and Carlos Quentin are the players many outsiders figure to be dealt, although dealing one of the newly-acquired players could make sense. The Padres’ outfield is currently comprised of all right-handed hitters and no true center fielder.
The Boston Globe reported last week the Padres, Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers and Rangers were interested the 30-year-old Hamels. Hamels has four years and $96 million remaining on his contract, plus a vesting option for 2019 that would bring the total dollars to $110 million.
— Cash Kruth