After throwing a 129 pitch no-hitter, the trade market for Philadelphia Phillies starter Cole Hamels is getting stronger and “momentum [is] building” toward a trade, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
Among the teams showing the most interest in Hamels, in no particular order, via Rosenthal: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants.
The Cubs, Dodgers and Rangers are three of the teams that have been connected to Hamels quite some time, so it is not surprising to see that they are showing current interest in the left-hander.
Regarding the Rangers, they are said to be the current leader in the Hamels sweepstakes, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. The Phillies, who have been looking for a catcher in a Hamels deal, could focus on Jorge Alfaro in trade talks with the Rangers, as Buster Olney of ESPN.com noted.
Previously, Rosenthal reported that the Yankees contacted the Phillies about Hamels, but it didn’t appear to be anything of significance, given how general manager Brian Cashman told FOX Sports that they talk to everyone about everything, so you can find out who they are willing to sell and at what price.
The surprise team in all of this is the Giants. They have been in the market for a starting pitcher, but it didn’t seem as if they would be in the market for a top-of-the-rotation type pitcher. It’s unclear if the Giants have what the Phillies would want in a deal and with that said, a deal between the two teams should not be considered likely.
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