According to a report from Jayson Stark, the Dodgers and Rangers have emerged as “the likely favorites to trade for Cole Hamels.” And the Rangers are bracing to finish second to the Dodgers for Hamels according to T.R. Sullivan.
The Cubs are one of four other teams still discussing Hamels with the Phillies. But the Cubs, Yankees, Giants and Red Sox “have had more trouble matching up on a potential deal than the Dodgers or Rangers” according to Stark.
Stark’s sources indicated “they would be surprised if a deal is done before Tuesday” and a trade for Hamels could take up to the deadline (Friday, 3:00pm CDT) to complete.
Like the Cubs, the Dodgers and Rangers view the multiple years of cost-control on Hamels’ contract as a plus.
According to multiple reports, the latest from Jon Heyman, is that the Dodgers will not include LHP Julio Urias or SS Corey Seager as part of a package for Cole Hamels.
Ken Rosenthal spoke with a rival official about the Rangers interest in Cole Hamels and was told, “Makes sense. Jon Daniels tried to acquire guys last year when they stunk. He always looks ahead and has the prospects to make a deal.”
The Rangers are also engaged with the Padres on Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross according to T.R. Sullivan. The Padres are more likely to trade Cashner than Ross and San Diego needs a shortstop. According to Jon Paul Morosi, the Tigers are hoping Hamels ends up with the Rangers because that will keep the Dodgers in play for David Price.
And for those that questioned Cole Hamels, a scout Jayson Stark talked to said there is no doubt in his mind that Hamels is “still one of the best pitchers in baseball.”