Several teams still showing interest in Hamels, but nothing close
Multiple teams are still trying to put together a package deal for Phillies ace Cole Hamels, but USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that no club has come close to the right package yet.
Nightengale posted in a tweet Tuesday that five or six teams have expressed varying degrees of interest in Hamels, including the Dodgers, Padres, Rangers, Cardinals and Red Sox.
Philadelphia is expected to command a large return on prospects for Hamels, 31, if they are going to move him. He was one of the best pitchers in the Majors last year and is scheduled to receive $23.5 million per year for the next four years — with a $20 million team option for a fifth.
The Phillies have asked for prized catching prospect Blake Swihart, the number 18 prospect on MLB.com’s Top 100 prospect list for 2015, from the Red Sox in exchange for Hamels. Boston has been steadfast in refusing to trade Swihart or outfielder Mookie Betts, which has stalled any potential deal.
Ruben Amaro Jr., the Phillies’ general manager, said recently that nothing was imminent with Hamels and he expects the pitcher to begin the season in Philadelphia.