The Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins will very likely be sellers at the trade deadline this year and when the two teams faced off this weekend, it attracted the attention of many scouts from around the league.
According to one scout in attendance, there were roughly 11 teams at the Phillies-Marlins game on Sunday, including the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels.
The Cubs are a team that is new to the Hamels sweepstakes, as a recent report from Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com (h/t Brett Taylor of BleacherNation.com) stated that the two sides have talked about a Hamels deal. It’s unclear how motivated the Cubs are to make a deal, but it’s a situation to keep an eye on.
Like the Cubs, the Dodgers have shown interest in Hamels and that is likely the reason why they were at the game today. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported earlier this month that the Dodgers would like to add a top-of-the-rotation pitcher and that the team is also interested in Johnny Cueto, in addition to Hamels.
The Angels’ main focus likely wasn’t on pitching, but it is possible they were watching Ben Revere, who they nearly acquired in a deal last month before backing out at the last minute.
With the trade deadline now less than 12 days away, it’s time to keep a close eye on the Marlins and Phillies because they could start selling at any time now. Stay tuned.
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