With their deep farm system, the Cubs are well positioned to make a run at Hamels. The Cubs, however, prefer not to trade those young, talented players, since they plan to build around them.
In trade talks with the Phillies, the Cubs have floated both Javier Baez and Starlin Castro, rival teams tell Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, but the Phillies “appear no more than lukewarm about either of them.” It’s hard to imagine both being included in a deal, though.
The Cubs, as one exec noted, are likely in the market for players signed through this season and are unlikely to be interested in acquiring a couple month rental, so Hamels fits what they are looking for.
If the Cubs do in fact acquire Hamels, it would give them a trio at the top of the rotation of Hamels, Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta. With that pitching, combined with their talented young corps of hitters, it would make them a tough out in the playoffs.
Nothing is close, but it’s clear that we should be keeping an eye on the Cubs in the Hamels sweepstakes. Less than nine days to go. Who’s ready?
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