Cole Hamels

Source: Red Sox eyeing younger pitchers under club control beyond this year

Rob Bradford
July 02, 2015 - 2:20 pm

TORONTO -- As we head into the final few weeks until the non-waiver trade deadline, the Red Sox' approach seems to be taking shape heading toward the end of the month. And at this moment, it doesn't appear to include a pursuit of Cole Hamels, or even Johnny Cueto. According to a major league source, the Red Sox' priority leading up to the July 31 deadline is to find younger pitchers who are under team control beyond just this season. Also per the source, it isn't likely the Red Sox would be chasing pitchers already owed a substantial chunk of money. This would suggest that Hamels wouldn't be in the Red Sox' cross-hairs, with the lefty under team control for the next four seasons but turning 32 later this year. The Philadelphia starter is owed $67.5 million from 2016-18, with a $20 million club option for '19. Cueto, who may be the most coveted pitcher on the trade market, is due to become a free agent after this season. The 29-year-old has totaled a 2.84 ERA in 15 starts this season, including an eight-inning, one-run gem against the Twins on Wednesday. Both starters and relievers are being looked at by the Red Sox. Of the starters currently in the Red Sox rotation, Rick Porcello ($20 million), Clay Buchholz ($13 million club option) and Wade Miley ($6 million) seemingly are locked in for next season's rotation.