Report: Five teams interested in Hamels, Dodgers and Rangers emerge as “favorites”

July 26th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Filed under Baseball, MLB, Phillies.

(Updates at the bottom)

Coming off of an unbelievable no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs yesterday, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that trade talk would increase for Cole Hamels immediately after. It was reported on Friday that the Cubs had made the Phillies an offer that included Javier Baez and Starlin Castro.

According to MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal, the market seems to be expanding for Hamels:

“Industry sentiment” has the Rangers as the favorites for Hamels, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweets.  Texas has long-term motivation for acquiring Hamels, the prospects necessary to swing a deal, and the hurler can’t block a trade to the Rangers.

Out of this group, the teams that have the most to offer as far as young talent and prospects are the Dodgers, Rangers, and Cubs. The Yankees also have a couple of young pieces, but they are not looking to trade those players according to Rosenthal.

The no-hitter was a great accomplishment for Hamels, but also couldn’t have come at a better time for the Phillies. Leading up to his start yesterday, Hamels trade value was a growing question around the league. In his prior two starts, Hamels lasted just six innings, while giving up a total of 20 hits combined.

Yesterday, however, showed that not only is Hamels fine health wise but that he is also still one of the best pitchers in the game when he is truly locked in. In fact, momentum is building towards a trade, Rosenthal tweets. Offers for the Phillies ace have improved since Hamels’ no-hitter and teams are now asking for less money and offering better players, sources tell Rosenthal.

Just five days away from the trading deadline there is no doubt that these talks will heat up even more as we get closer to Friday. Whether the Phillies get back an offer they feel is suitable for Hamels is still to be seen, but there is no doubt that Hamels possibly delivered the Phillies his best gift since leading the organization to a World Series in 2008.


UPDATE (7/27/15 @ 8:50 AM):

The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers are now the favorites to land Hamels, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Trading Hamels early in the week is highly unlikely however.

“Sources say they would be surprised if a trade was completed before Tuesday, even in the wake of Hamels’ no-hitter Saturday against the Cubs.

“I doubt it happens quick,” said an official of one team that has spoken with the Phillies.”

On top of being one of being a true top of the rotation pitcher, the long-term guarantee of Hamels is what is making him valuable to the Rangers as well, according to T.R. Sullivan of

“General manager Jon Daniels acknowledged the Rangers continue to have conversations with multiple clubs, but declined to discuss specifics.

‘Sometimes there is a methodical pace and sometimes things happen quickly,” Daniels said. “It’s hard to evaluate the progress of trade talks. We’re open to a variety of things.

Realistically, we’re not engaged in the top-end rental market. Smaller fits that would help the club, we’ll talk about those. As far as players who fit for what we are looking for now and this winter, those are mainly the conversations we’ve had.’ 

Hamels fits that because he is signed through at least 2018.”


UPDATE (7/27/15 @ 6:51 PM):

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have thrown there name into the Cole Hamels sweepstakes. The Diamandbacks have reached out and had discussions with the Phillies regarding Hamels, however it should be noted that Hamels can block a trade to Arizona.

Adding to previous reports, Ken Rosenthal has released a list of names that have been involved between the Rangers and Phillies in Cole Hamels trade talk.

Here is a list of where each of those players rank on’s top 100 prospect list:

  • Jorge Alfaro, Catcher: #34 Overall, #1 Catcher (.253 BA, 5 HR, 21 RBI in 49 games in Triple-A this season)
  • Lewis Brinson, OF: #97 Overall (.327 BA, 10 HR, 36 RBI, 13 SB in 61 games in A-Advanced this season)
  • Chi Chi Gonzalez, LHP: Not Ranked (2-4, 3.74 ERA in 7 starts with Rangers this season)
  • Nick Williams, OF: Not Ranked (.302 BA, 13 HR, 45 RBI, 1o SB in 94 games in Double-A this season)
  • Luiz Ortiz, RHP: Not Ranked (4-1, 1.72 ERA in 10 starts in Single-A this season)


UPDATE (7/28/15 @ 8:39 AM):

The Houston Astros are the latest team to toss their name into the Cole Hamels sweepstakes, and are reportedly making a “big push” for Hamels. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick:

The Astros are a team loaded with young talent. Despite calling up Carlos Correa they still have five players ranked in the Top 100 prospect list, headlined by RHP Mark Appel who’s fastball sits in the mid-90’s and routinely touches 98 MPH.

According to Jayson Stark, however, he heard that Houston is an unlikely landing spot.

The San Francisco Giants are also now reportedly making a “strong push” for Hamels, according to Ken Rosenthal.


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