Updated 11:57am CDT – According to a report from Jayson Stark, the Phillies have asked all interested teams to submit their best offers for Cole Hamels by Wednesday. The Phillies’ front office will decide at that point where Hamels will be traded.
As Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline (Friday, 3:00pm CDT) quickly approaches, the Cubs pursuit of LHP Cole Hamels could be coming to an end. Multiple reports have suggested that while the Cubs are still in the mix, the Rangers and Dodgers are seen as the frontrunners for Hamels and the Giants are make a strong push to acquire him.
Theo Epstein told the beat writers Monday that the Cubs are not “necessarily close to trading for a big contract.”
Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday morning the Giants are making a strong push for Hamels. San Francisco has close to $50 million coming off the books at the end of the season and would be able to afford Hamels’ contract. Rosenthal explained the Giants’ financial flexibility has been “an asset in their negotiations.”
The Phillies see the Rangers as the best fit on a deal for Hamels according to Jim Salisbury. The Dodgers are not willing to include LHP Julio Urias or SS Corey Seager while the Rangers may be willing to build a package around either C Jorge Alfaro or OF Nomar Mazara. Jon Heyman reported the Rangers might not be willing to include its top prospects in a package for Hamels.
According to Ken Rosenthal, Phillies’ top scout Charlie Kerfeld watched the Rangers’ Double-A Frisco affiliate Monday night. The players from the Rangers system that have been in the talks according Rosenthal are C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez, RHP Jake Thompson, OF Nick Williams, RHP Luis Ortiz, OF Lewis Brinson and OF Nomar Mazara. Rosenthal pointed out the Phillies would not receive all of the players in the discussions. Rosenthal indicated the Rangers will not include Mazara in a deal and would like to keep Gonzalez. The only way Jon Daniels will include Alfaro if the Phillies pay down more of the guaranteed money on Hamels’ contract.
The Giants might not have the impact prospects to acquire Hamels while the Rangers and Cubs have the players to make a deal. If the Dodgers do not include Urias or Seager, the drop off in their system is significant enough that Andrew Friedman might not be able to send enough talent to the Phillies for Hamels.
Cole Hamels can block deals to every team except for the Cubs, Dodgers, Mets, Nationals, Cardinals, Braves, Padres, Yankees and Rangers.