The Philadelphia Phillies, who are most likely going to be sellers come the trade deadline, have one of the games most intriguing trade chips in left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels. Even though he has struggled to start the season, he is among the best left-handed pitchers in the game and would step in and be the ace on most teams.

That being said, the Phillies haven’t received a trade call regarding Hamels “since the last week of March,” according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Hamels, 31, is under contract through 2018 and has an option for the 2019 season. In each of the seasons he is under contract, he is scheduled to make $22.5 million.

Hamels’ biggest problem so far this season has been giving up the long ball. In 30 starts in 2014, he allowed only 14 home runs. In only four starts this season, he has allowed an eye-opening seven home runs. While he’ll likely get that number down, it’s a very concerning number.

Plenty of teams have shown interest in Hamels, but one team that has showed a steady interest in Hamels is the Texas Rangers. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported in March that the two sides continued to talk about Hamels trade, but that they were “far apart” in talks and that there was not a lot of optimism a deal would get done.

Talks appear to have been put on hold for now, but it’s very possible they will be revisited later on this season.

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