Cole Hamels

Red Sox still eyeing Johnny Cueto, Cole Hamels

July 20, 2015 - 1:14 pm

Even though the trade deadline isn't for another 11 days, the rumors are just getting started. According to's Rob Bradford, the Red Sox still have an interest in pitchers Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto. The top priority for the Sox is a young pitcher under team-control, but the issue remains the lack of teams that are willing to start prioritizing beyond this season, which leaves Hamels and Cueto as the two top coveted pitchers at this year's deadline. Hamels, 31, has struggled of late, but for the season he's 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA. Executives from two organizations who have had conversations with the Phillies in regards to Hamels tell Bradford that even with the lefty's recent downturn, Philly hasn't come off what has been an aggressive asking price. The left-hander is signed through 2018 with a team-option for 2019 and hasn't pitched for another team besides the Phillies in his 10-year pro career. As for Cueto, his situation is a little different. According to Bradford, Cueto would most likely enter into serious Red Sox consideration if the price was right, but because his contract is up at the end of the year and the 29-year-old is due for a big pay day, the price likely won't be. But, if the Red Sox were willing to part ways with top prospects in order to make a late season run at the postseason, Cueto would be an interesting name. If the Red Sox believe they have a minor league surplus and a chance to win this season, Cueto is certainly in play. Cueto is 6-6 with a 2.79 ERA this season and he too has only pitched for the Reds in his eight-year pro career. For more on Hamels and Cueto, check out Bradford's column from earlier today.