Report: Phillies and Cubs talking Cole Hamels deal

July 24th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Filed under Baseball, MLB, Phillies.

The MLB Trade Deadline is officially one week away and the big question in Philadelphia is whether Cole Hamels will still be a member of the Phillies after July 31st.

As of now there have not been many reports indicating that a Hamels trade is in any kind of advanced stages, and quite honestly there haven’t been many reports indicating a lot of trade talk for the former World Series MVP.

However, talks are likely to pick up as we get closer to the deadline. One team who has interest in trading for Hamels is the Chicago Cubs.

According to CSN Chicago’s David Kaplan, the Cubs and Phillies are in conversations about a deal that would send Hamels to the Cubs:

“MLB sources confirmed to me this afternoon that the Cubs have been in discussions with the Philadelphia Phillies on a deal for Cole Hamels who has three years left on his current contract plus an option year. While he is an expensive piece he fits the needs of the team to upgrade their rotation while adding a player who would be a part of the team beyond the rest of this season. The Cubs will probably add an additional starter for depth perhaps as a rental type but that is not expected to be a significant acquisition.”

Michael Haftman made the case earlier this week that the Cubs would be the best trade partner for the Phillies at this point.

It has been reported that the Cubs are offering top prospect Javier Baez and Starlin Castro in a deal for Hamels. Baez is a career .282 hitter with 84 home runs and 267 RBIs in five minor league seasons.

Castro is an established shortstop who is in his sixth season with the Cubs. The 25-year-old is a career .279 hitter with 56 home runs and 334 RBIs. However, Castro is struggling this year hitting just .239 with 5 home runs and 40 RBIs.

Hamels is scheduled to start tomorrow against the Cubs in what could be a start that effects the Cubs willingness to increase their offer.

 

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