Recently acquired outfielder Wil Myers is no longer rumored to be involved, though earlier in the off-season he was said to be part of the talks. Now the focus is on prospects.
The Padres have managed to keep most of their highest rated prospects even after all their many trades, with the top trio of outfielder Hunter Renfroe, pitcher Matt Wisler and catcher Austin Hedges seemingly on everyone’s wish list.
The Philadelphia Phillies are obviously looking for a huge return, so this presumably means that top prospects like Austin Hedges, Hunter Renfroe, Matt Wisler and Rymer Liriano could be discussed. Nothing is considered imminent, but one executive with another team said the Padres “may be more likely than some others to land Hamels.” As bold as new GM A.J. Preller has been this off-season, it can’t be ruled out.
Hamels, 31, posted a career-low 2.46 ERA (151 ERA+) and 198/59 K/BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings across 30 starts last season. He is also owed $94 million over the next four seasons and his contract includes a $24 million vesting option (or a $20 million team option with a $6 million buyout) for 2019.