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35 Cole Hamels SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/195 | Birthdate: 12/27/1983 | Birthplace: San Diego, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Philadelphia | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $20,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/89 | Average Draft Position: 36.13
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Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels strikes out five in no decision Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels allowed one run, none earned, on five hits in six innings of work in Philadelphia's 6-1 loss to the Marlins Wednesday.

Hamels only issues came in the second inning when he put runners on first and third. Jarred Cosart ground the ball back Hamels, who made a fielding error trying to get the ball to first. His error allowed Marcel Ozuna to score.

"Hamels really hung in there," manager Ryne Sandberg said after the game, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. "His stuff is really good with his velocity. . . . Some prolonged at-bats had something to do with the pitch count. But you know what? He battled through it and hung in there with just the one run. [He] gave us a chance to win."

Hamels, who added five strikeouts and three walks to his totals, now boasts a 3.75 ERA and remains 0-2 on the year in four starts. He will look for his first win of the year Monday against the Cardinals.


2016 free agent market could be holding a deal for Cole Hamels back


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) What may be holding the trade market for Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels this season is the free agent market for next season, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. At this point, David Price, Johnny Cueto, Jordan Zimmerman, Jeff Samardzija, Doug Fister, Ian Kennedy and Wei-Yin Chen are all slated to become free agents at the end of the season.

Hamels is off to a rough start, surrendering 10 runs through his first 18 innings pitched. He is 0-2 with a 1.16 WHIP and an 18:9 K:BB ratio through three starts.


Phillies' Cole Hamels surrenders five runs in loss vs. Nationals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels took a loss Thursday, giving up five earned runs on five hits and four walks in six innings while striking out seven in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Nationals.

Hamels (0-2) has had trouble with the long ball in the early portion of the season, and all five of the runs scored against him coming into Thursday's start had been on solo home runs. He surrendered two more solo home runs Thursday as well as an RBI single and a two-run double as the Nationals were able to score in four of the six innings he pitched.

"They're definitely adding up," Hamels said about the home runs after the game, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It's just knowing that I've got to be able to make the pitches early. I think when you're not able to get ahead in the count and you're forced to throw a strike, I have to at least make sure that those strikes are down in the zone, not up. And I think that's kind of what happened was, (I was) getting behind in the count and then leaving pitches up in a very hittable location. I just have to get the ball down I guess. That's the way it sums up."

Hamels owns a 5.00 ERA and 18:9 K:BB ratio in 18 innings across three starts. He'll look for his first win Wednesday against the Marlins.


Phillies' Hamels hasn't allowed more than 3 ER in last 13 starts vs. Nats


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels pitched well enough in his last start Saturday to pick up the win, allowing one run on two hits and two walks in seven innings against the Nationals. Unfortunately, the Phillies waited until after Hamels left the game to rally for a 3-2 win.

Hamels will be looking for his first win of the season Thursday, when he makes his third start and second against the Nationals.

The left-hander has had pretty good success in his career against Washington, going 15-8 with a 2.59 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 33 starts. He has not allowed more than three earned runs in his last 13 starts against Washington.


Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels earns no decision in extra-inning win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels gave up one run on two hits in seven innings of work in Philadelphia's 3-2 win in 10 innings over the Nationals Saturday.

Hamels only blemish came in the fourth inning when Wilson Ramos took him to deep right field for a solo home run. Hamels added five strikeouts and two walks to his totals. He also lowered his ERA to 3.75. He will look to pick up his first win of the year Thursday when he faces the Nationals again.


Red Sox won't surrender Mookie Betts, Blake Swihart for Cole Hamels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) The Red Sox won't surrender outfielder Mookie Betts or catching prospect Blake Swihart in a deal with the Phillies for veteran pitcher Cole Hamels, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday.

Betts cracked the Opening Day roster and is hitting .286 (3 for 13) with a home run and an RBI through three games.

Heyman added that although Swihart is prepared defensively, he is a switch hitter with the ability to produce at the plate. Swihart, considered Boston's top prospect by Baseball America and the team's second-best prospect by MLB.com, slashed .293/.341/.469 with 13 homers and 64 RBI over 416 at-bats between Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland last season.


Phillies' Cole Hamels rocked in Opening Day loss to Red Sox


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels gave up four runs during his season-debut start on Monday in an 8-0 loss to the Red Sox. 

All of the runs Hamels gave up came on home runs as he gave up four. Each run was earned, giving Hamels an ERA of 7.20 to start the season. Hamels went five full innings and threw 100 pitches. 

Hamels struck out six batters and walked three. 

''It's discouraging,'' Hamels said, via the Associated Press. ''You want to get the first win for your teammates and the organization. We didn't get the win and I'm the culprit.''

His next start is expected to take place Saturday against the Nationals. 


Phillies P Cole Hamels not swayed by trade talks


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Despite being mentioned in trade talks since last season's trade deadline, Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels does not believe that it has taken a toll on him at all, reports philly.com.

"Me personally, no," Hamels said. "I think to be a starter you have to be selfish to be able to get this far. As much as it looks like it can have a negative impact, we're the ones out on the mound having to make a pitch and having to decide what we're going to do."

Hamels finished last season with a 9-9 record. But his record was not indicative of his performance in 2014. He had an ERA of 2.46 with 198 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings pitched last season.

Manager Ryne Sandberg has been pleased with how Hamels has handled the fact that he has come up in trade talks.

"He is one of the players who was talked about a lot not only in the off season but part way through camp," Sandberg said, alluding to all the trade rumors. "All the veteran guys that have been in that boat have been very good as far as sticking to business and focusing on being a Philadelphia Phillie right now and helping the team."

"It's just going out there and fulfilling your obligation and that is kind of what I've been trying to do no matter what the circumstance," Hamels said.


Phillies' Cole Hamels earns win in final spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels earned the victory in his final spring start Wednesday against the Braves. Hamels (1-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and one walk, while striking out three in six innings.

Hamels gave up a solo home run to Joe Benson in the second inning of a 9-2 win. He finishes the spring with a 4.15 ERA in six starts.

"It takes six starts [in spring training] to really feel comfortable and confident," Hamels said after the outing, per MLB.com. "When it comes to the start of the season, you just want to have that positive feeling and positive feedback from the spring that you're healthy and everything is working. Right now, I definitely feel a lot more sharp than two weeks ago."

Hamels will make his first start of the season on Opening Day (Monday) against the Red Sox.


Phillies name Cole Hamels Opening Day starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) The Phillies have named Cole Hamels the starter for Opening Day, as expected, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Phillies SP Cole Hamels tosses five scoreless innings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels tossed five scoreless innings during Thursday's spring start against the Blue Jays. He allowed two hits and three walks, while striking out four.

Hamels did not allow a hit until Kevin Pillar led off the bottom of the fifth inning. Thursday was Hamels' first scoreless appearance since his spring debut March 6. He has a 5.17 ERA through five spring starts (15 2/3 innings).


Phillies P Cole Hamels throws five scoreless in loss to Blue Jays


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels pitched five scoreless innings in a 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays, reports the NY Times

Hamels, 31, only gave up two hits during his outing on Thursday. The left-hander has been a part of trade speculation this entire offseason. Prior to Thursday, he had an ERA of 7.59 with 10 strikeouts and four walks.


Phillies' Cole Hamels settles down after two early homers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels gave up two first-inning home runs before settling down in his start on Saturday. 

Jose Reyes hit Hamels' first pitch of the game for a home run to left. Two batters later, Jose Bautista hit a 3-1 pitch to straightaway center. 

Those were the only two runs Hamels would allow in 3 and two thirds innings of work. He allowed a total of five hits, walked none and struck out five. 

The outing was an improvement over Hamels' last start, when he gave up five runs in two innings. 

Hamels had his largest pitch count of the spring, throwing 72 pitches before leaving in the fourth. 

"Just being able to go out there and feel fresh even with that increase, I didn't even notice it," Hamels said, per MLB.com's Adam Berry. "I guess that's a good thing."

Hamels has a 7.59 ERA this spring. 


Rangers in trade talks about Phillies' Cole Hamels


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) The Rangers continue to be active in trade talks, in an effort to acquire Phillies LHP Cole Hamels, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports. 

The teams have discussed prospects to be included in a package to acquire Hamels, but the two sides are still far apart and not optimistic that a deal will be completed.

The Rangers are looking to add to their rotation after losing Yu Darvish for the season. Hamels was 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA last season.  


Phillies' Cole Hamels gets knocked around vs. Baltimore


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels was knocked around Monday against Baltimore, allowing five runs on six hits and two walk while striking out two over two innings of work. Chris Davis crushed a three-run home run in the opening frame off Hamels for his worst outing of the spring.

"I have a goal every Spring Training to try to get a 10.00 ERA," Hamels said sarcastically, per MLB.com. "So I think I'm doing pretty well and I've done pretty well in my career. Nah, I've gotten over [spring struggles]. Over the course of a couple Spring Trainings, you know you don't let that affect you. You have a certain agenda, and that's what I'm going to stick to no matter what the results are.

Hamels reiterated that he's feeling fine despite the rough outing.

"Everything does feel good," Hamels said. "It's just finding the right base with mechanics and your vision toward the plate and just the location of where you want to throw things. Then it's just getting the muscle memory to be able to do so. It's just not quite there yet for me."


Report: Yankes have come closest to landing Phillies' Hamels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) The Yankees have come the closest of any team to landing Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels in trade discussions this offseason, the Boston Globe reports.

The Yankees are reported to have offered a package of prospects that has given the Phillies a baseline for future talks. Hamels has stopped discussing trade possibilities and indicated he was looking forward to pitching for a contender again.

Hamels went 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA and 198:59 K:BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings last season.


Phillies ace Hamels throws two scoreless innings in spring debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels, who is seeking a trade, took the hill for the first time this spring Friday against the Yankees. Amid rainy conditions, the left-hander allowed one hit and no walks, while striking out two in two shutout innings.

"I guess that’s what you want to do, get in there, throw strikes and execute," Hamels said, per The Philadelphia Daily News. "I’ve been in a lot of springs and I know what I’m supposed to do with a certain pitch count and the first game and trying to build up. I’m not trying to go out there and blow by everybody. I’m just trying to hit my spots. I wasn't able to do it as much. But if you’re able to throw strikes, then I think that works. I had a general area that I needed to throw it in and I think I was able to do so."


Report: Red Sox, Phillies haven't made progress on Hamels' deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) The Red Sox and Phillies have not made progress on a deal for pitcher Cole Hamels, according to the Boston Herald. 

The Red Sox have been mentioned as a contender for Hamels in the past, but the club is hesitant to give up their top prospects for the pitcher. Though Phillies' special assistant to the general manager Charley Kerfeld was spotted at Red Sox facilities on Monday, two sources told the Herald that no progress has been made on a deal. 

The Phillies are said to covet either Mookie Betts or Blake Swihart, but Boston has refused to include either player in a deal.

Hamels, 31, posted a 2.46 ERA over 204 2/3 innings last year.


Ruben Amaro believes Hamels will be opening day starter for Phillies


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Despite Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels willing to be traded to a contender, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he expects Hamels to be the team's opening day starter, reports USA Today.

Hamels recently said he wants to pitch for a contender, which Amaro said he understood.


Phillies' Cole Hamels open to trade: 'I just want to win. That's all'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels has yet to be traded despite having his name mentioned heavily in trade rumors throughout the offseason. While Hamels has been mum on the topic, he finally opened up to USA Today and said he would welcome a trade.

"I just want to win,'' Hamels said in his first interview since the end of the 2014 season. "That's all. That's all any competitor wants.

"And I know it's not going to happen here. This isn't what I expected. It's not what the Phillies expected, either. But it's reality.''

Hamels said he understands "these things take time," but he is surfing the Internet to check out the latest rumors.

"I don't watch much TV in the offseason, and I had friends texting me and telling me what's going on,'' Hamels said, "so I tried to stay away from all of it. But I'd be lying if I didn't say I was checking the Internet to see the latest.

"I wanted to see where I was going to spend my next four years. Now that I'm here, I plan on being here for the next six weeks. I think it would be pretty chaotic if that's not the case. But it's out of my control.

"All I can do is get ready this spring, be ready for opening day, and be prepared for the long season.''


Reports: Red Sox no closer to acquiring Phillies SP Cole Hamels


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Amid a Boston Globe report the Red Sox were one of four teams to have made a trade offer for Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels, multiple reports surfaced Monday the Red Sox aren't any closer to acquiring the left-handed hurler.

A major-league source told WEEI.com the Red Sox aren't "remotely close" to any deal for Hamels. However, the source added the Red Sox have made the Phillies aware of what they are willing to give up in a trade for Hamels.

FOX Sports reporter Jon Morosi also reported Monday there was no recent progress in trade talks between Boston and Philadelphia.

Hamels can block a trade to 20 teams, and the Red Sox are reportedly among the teams on his no-trade list. It is speculated the Red Sox would likely have to pick up a $20 million team option for the 2019 season on Hamels' contract in order for the veteran left-handed hurler to waive his no-trade clause. Hamels is guaranteed to make $94 million over the next four seasons, per Baseball-Reference.com.


Report: Red Sox made offer for Phillies' Cole Hamels


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/15/2015) Although Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro would not reveal the four teams that made an offer for pitcher Cole Hamels, the Red Sox were reportedly one of the teams, a source told The Boston Globe

The Phillies are targeting minor-league prospects for Hamels, with reports indicating the Red Sox are unwilling to trade their top prospects. Hamels went 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA in 2014 and is due $96 million over the next four seasons.


Phillies have received four 'real' offers for Cole Hamels


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2015) The Phillies have received four "real" offers for pitcher Cole Hamels, according to CSN.

Eight teams have kicked the tires on Hamels, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., but the team has only received four real offers for the pitcher. Amaro did not reveal which teams have made a run at the 31-year-old pitcher.

It was reported early on Wednesday that the Padres attempted to deal for Hamels prior to signing James Shields, but it's unclear if Amaro considered their offer to be legitimate. Amaro did say that he would consider a deal for Hamels if he thought it was fair. "If there was an offer commensurate to what we believe is [Hamels’] value we would strongly consider it."

Hamels is coming off a season in which he posted a 2.46 ERA over 204 2/3 innings. He's owed $96 million over the next four seasons. 


Phillies GM expects to have Cole Hamels in camp


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. expects to have pitcher Cole Hamels in camp, according to ESPN.

Hamels has been subject to trade rumors all offseason, but it appears he'll start camp with the Phillies. "I would expect him to be in spring training with the Phillies," Amaro said. "And I would expect him to be our opening day starter." Amaro added that his prediction could change based on a phone call or two, but expects Hamels to be in Phillies camp for now. 

Amaro admitted to talking to teams about Hamels, but said they haven't settled on the right deal yet. "There are teams interested -- and should be -- in a guy like Cole. But clearly, we haven't gotten to the finish line with those teams," Amaro added.

Part of the issue might be Hamels' contract. The 31-year-old is set to earn $96 million over the next four years. The Phillies reportedly don't want to pay much of that out, but that could lead to them receiving lesser offers for Hamels. Hamels also has a partial no-trade clause, allowing him to block a deal to eight different clubs. 

Hamels is coming off a season in which he posted a 2.46 ERA over 204 2/3 innings. 


Report: Phillies GM covets Padres' Andrew Cashner


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. covets Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner, Yahoo! Sports reports.

The report indicates the Padres are still working hard to add a frontline starting pitcher and that the Padres do not appear on the no-trade list of Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. Cashner is in his second year of arbitration eligibility and settled on a one-year, $4.05-million deal with the Padres in January to avoid arbitration.

The Padres have also been mentioned as a possible option for free-agent pitcher James Shields.