Report: Dodgers the favorites to acquire Phillies’ Cole Hamels

The Los Angeles Dodgers sent a scout to watch Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels start today against the Miami Marlins, league sources told BaseballEssential.com.

The Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs were also in attendance, a source said.

The Houston Astros are said to be interested in Hamels, but it’s unclear whether or not they had a scout in attendance. That being said, there is a team that has put themselves in the front of the pack in the Hamels sweepstakes.

Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that after speaking to team executives, the Dodgers appear to be the front-runner to acquire Hamels from the Phillies.

Adding Hamels to a staff that already includes Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke would give the Dodgers one of the scariest starting rotations in all of baseball heading into the second half of the season.

While Hamels makes sense for the Dodgers this year, it makes even more sense going forward.

As Olney points out, Greinke can and likely will opt out of his contract at the end of the year. Hamels, who is under contract for three more seasons, would help limit the damage of potentially losing Greinke in free agency.

Right now, it’s still unknown what the Phillies will do with Hamels, but they are going through the process of talking with the teams interested in acquiring Hamels. It’s far from a guarantee Hamels is dealt, but with the Dodgers involved, we can’t count anything out. Stay tuned.

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