Report: Hamels has four primary suitors

Cole Hamels has been on the trading block for months as the Phillies undergo a rebuilding process. So far, that hasn’t resulted in a deal for the ace.

With Spring Training five weeks away for the Phillies, Comcast Sportsnet reports there are four “primary suitors” for Hamels: the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers. The Phillies are reportedly looking for two top prospects in exchange for Hamels.

The Phillies would prefer to add a premier catching prospect, according to the report, and have interest in Boston’s Blake Swihart, San Diego’s Austin Hedges and Texas’ Jorge Alfaro.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has repeatedly said the Phillies would only deal Hamels for the right price, one that remains high. It’s possible the club keeps Hamels going into the season and continues to explore trades throughout the year.

“Again, he sits right in the sweet spot,” Amaro said last month. “We can keep him and it would be great for us, and if we feel he can move us forward by moving him, that’s something we can explore as well. As I said, we don’t have any rush to move him or mandate to move him.”

— Austin Laymance


Red Sox are in no way shape or form, ‘in on’ Hamels. They are asking way too much.

And what are you basing that on Mr. Goode? Do you have inside information that no one else knows about?

Nope. Just on the realistic belief that the Sox FO isn’t insane enough to deal away Swihart, even on a one-for-one swap. And a one-for-one swap is even less than that “way too much” thing.
As always, I’m very possibly wrong. But on the face of it, it makes no sense.
Most teams needing Hamels, the Sox included, can wait for July or November for an equivalent arm to turn up on the market. They’re practically queuing up.

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