It has been my belief, along with many others, that the Philadelphia Phillies would hold onto Cole Hamels until the offseason, but according to a recent report, the odds of a trade are increasing.
Jim Bowden of ESPN.com, in an insider only article, reports that the Phillies “are getting enough significant offers” for Hamels that “it’s becoming more likely” he is traded before the July 31 trade deadline.
If Hamels is traded, the two likeliest landing spots for him are the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, per Bowden.
The Dodgers, who have plenty of enticing minor-league players, don’t seem motivated to deal them. General manager Farhan Zaidi recently told Bowden on MLB Network Radio that he can’t see a scenario where either Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig or Julio Urias is traded, which will make landing Hamels an extremely tough task.
The Cubs have shown interest in Hamels since last season and after the team reportedly has talked to the Phillies about Hamels, it isn’t surprising to see them mentioned as a top suitor for his services. The Cubs have the pieces to get a deal done, but they have been reluctant to give up their top prospects in a trade for top major-league talent in the past. That being said, the Cubs haven’t been in a position to buy at the deadline, so it’ll be intriguing to see what Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein have in store for the deadline.
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