Cole Hamels

Report: Red Sox among 6 teams in talks with Phillies for Cole Hamels

July 22, 2015 - 10:29 am
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Though Cole Hamels' career with the Phillies isn't definitely coming to an end, ESPN's Jayson Stark wrote that executives around the league could see either fate playing out for the pitcher. Some have been "willing to bet that Hamels will still be a Phillie on Aug. 1" while others would be "beyond stunned" if the left-hander isn't traded before the deadline. "This isn't do-or-die for us," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told ESPN.com. "In the end, it's about 'What is the return?' and, 'Is this the right return?' If it is, we'll move forward. And if it's not we won't." If Amaro does proceed with the trade, Stark said the Phillies are talking to about a half-dozen teams, and that other clubs think if Hamels is traded this month he will end up as a member of the Cubs, Dodgers, Rangers or Red Sox. "I still think the Red Sox have the most pieces to make this deal of anyone," a National League executive told Stark. "But I don't know how aggressive they are. I know that if I didn't have expectations of competing this year, I would not do this. If they wait, they'll have [free agent] alternatives in the winter. So why take on the risks with a guy like this for the next two or three years, without the upside of him helping you be really good this year?" Though the Sox are on Hamels' no-trade list, Stark said Boston has "been led to believe he'd go there if his $20 million option for 2017 is guaranteed." One of Ben Cherington's assistants, Allard Baird, went to see Hamels' start Sunday against Miami and left after the pitcher exited the game. Hamels' outing lasted three innings, and he gave up five earned runs on eight hits.