Cole Hamels

Source: Nothing close with Red Sox, Cole Hamels; Phillies know where Sox stand

Rob Bradford
February 16, 2015 - 6:13 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- According to a major league source, the Red Sox aren't remotely close on any sort of trade for Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. The source says that the Sox have made Philadelphia aware of the parameters of what the Sox are willing to give up for the starter. The Boston Globe reported Sunday that the Red Sox were one of four teams to have made offers for Hamels. The Red Sox are wary of the cost it would take to get Hamels, with three factors weighing into the equation (money, talent, right for the pitcher to refuse a deal) instead of the two some suitors are dealing with. Hamels is owed $90 million over four years, with a club option for a fifth year that would boost the price to $110 million. While it is assumed Hamels would leverage his no-trade with the Sox to have them pick up his option, the fact that there are other big market clubs in the mix not on the no-trade list could raise a red flag.