The 2015 trade deadline is drawing nearer and the clock is still ticking in regards to where Philadelphia Phillies‘ left-handed ace Cole Hamels will end up. As of right now the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers are currently leading the pack in the race to acquire the services of Hamels as reported by Jayson Stark of ESPN.
The Dodgers and Rangers are standing in two completely different positions. A trade to the Dodgers will put Hamels on a contending club and hopefully allow him to be able to compete for the playoff appearances for years to come with a continuously loaded Dodgers franchise. The Rangers are not expected to make the postseason this year and their future is a little unclear at this point. They would hopefully be able to compete for a postseason spot next year, but there is still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding their future.
Hamels is without question the most attractive pitcher on the market right now, especially to the Rangers. His current deal guarantees him money through his age-34 season as opposed to other pitchers close to his age such as David Price, Zack Greinke and Johnny Cueto all of whom will become free agents next offseason thus allowing them to command more money than Hamels.
A trade is not close at this point, and will most likely not occur until the last few minutes of the deadline so the Phillies can get as much value as possible for the veteran lefty, but the top contenders have begun to emerge. The Dodgers and Rangers are leading for now, but as the deadline approaches, more contenders will emerge.