Update: ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports the Phillies are only willing to eat about $10 million of the approximately $90 million that remains on Hamels contract. According to Stark, the Phillies are asking for teams’ three or four best prospects in one shot for Hamels while teams have been turned off by the amount of money left on Hamels’ contract.
Be sure to tune into 97.5 the Fanatic tonight at 6 PM to hear Stark and our Pat Gallen discuss Hamels and, I’m sure, much more.
Is he or isn’t he? Just three days away from the MLB trade deadline, nobody seems to know.
Per Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, LHP Cole Hamels is reportedly on the trading block. Morosi reports that the Phillies price tag is currently very high and other outlets have reported that the Phillies are looking for at least three pieces in return for Hamels.
Despite starting the season on the disabled list, Hamels is having one of the best seasons of his career, posting a 2.72 ERA in 122 1/3 IP. Hamels has been among the best pitchers in the National League since 2006, leading the NL in fWAR in that time period.
Morosi notes that the Dodgers are interested in the Californian lefty and that they are one of nine teams Hamels can be traded to without his consent.
Analysis: Any trade for Hamels would likely have to include Joc Pederson and maybe even Corey Seager, two blue-chip prospects that the Dodgers have been reportedly unwilling to move in trades. 17-year old LHP Julio Urias could be a name to watch out for in a potential Hamels deal as well as the Mexican-native has seen his stock skyrocket in 2014.