Report: Giants making big push for Hamels

The San Francisco Giants, half a game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League western division, are reportedly making a big push for the Philadelphia Phillies’ coveted lefty Cole Hamels, a name that’s been swirling around in all types of trading conversations as the July 31st trade deadline quickly approaches.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Giants have about $50 million coming off their payroll at the end of the season, that is with Tim Lincecum’s $17.5M, Tim Hudson’s $11.5M, Jeremy Affeldt’s $6M, Ryan Volgesong’s $4M, among others contracts expiring at the end of the season, providing the Giants with enough economic flexibility to possibly take on Cole Hamels remaining contract.

Hamels is owed a guaranteed $70.5 million for the next three seasons, plus a $6M buyout of his 2019 team option worth $20M. There’s also a vesting option for 2019 worth $24M that vests if Hamels accumulates 400 IP between 2017 and 2018, including 200 IP in 2018, and if he avoids any disabled list time due to shoulder or elbow injury at the end of the 2018 season.

Rosenthal says that the Giants’ financial flexibility is “an asset in their negotiations with the Phillies.” Negotiations continue with the Rangers and Dodgers also still in the mix.

With Johnny Cueto off the market, Hamels and the Detroit TigersDavid Price remain the two biggest pieces still out there available for trade, although Tigers’ GM Dave Dembrowski told MLB Network’s Jon Heyman that the Tigers are not in “sell mode” and plan on making a playoff push. Detroit is 4.5 games out of both the AL Central division as well as the second Wild Card spot.

The trade market is smoking hot after a very busy Monday, when Shane Victorino was sent to the Angels, Tyler Clippard was sent to the Mets, and Troy Tulowitzki was sent to the BlueJays in exchange for Jose Reyes. Stay tuned here at BaseballEssential.com for more news around the league.

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