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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: 9 | Salary: $20,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/86 | Average Draft Position: 25.55
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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.


Report: 5-6 teams still trying to trade for Phillies SP Cole Hamels


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) There are 5-6 teams still trying to trade for Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels, according to USA Today. However, no team is close to coming up with a deal the Phillies like.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported in mid-January the Padres, Red Sox, Cubs and Cardinals have expressed interest in Hamels, who finished sixth in the NL Cy Young race in 2014 (9-9, 2.46 ERA). The Dodgers and Rangers have also reportedly shown interest.

The left-hander Hamels is a three-time All-Star. He had won at least 10 games from 2007-12. He still has four years left on a seven-year, $159 million contract.


Report: Padres 'in touch' with Phillies regarding Cole Hamels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2015) The Padres are "in touch" with the Phillies in an attempt to land pitcher Cole Hamels, FOX Sports reports.

The Padres have made plenty of upgrades across the roster since general manager A.J. Heller took over, and it's possible they don't have the ammunition to land the Philadelphia ace in a deal. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week that he didn't expect Hamels to be traded before the start of the season. Hamels went 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA and 198 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings in 2014.


Phillies GM doesn't believe pitcher Cole Hamels will be moved


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday he doesn't believe pitcher Cole Hamels will be traded before the season begins.

"I think Cole Hamels is going to be in our uniform, frankly," Amaro said. "I don’t really foresee him being moved. It is possible because we’re literally keeping our minds and eyes and ears open on every player that we have on our roster."

Hamels went 9-9 in 2014, posting a 2.46 ERA with 198 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings. 

"In fact, the ownership group I think would rather keep him than not," Amaro continued. "But we have to be good listeners and I think we owe it to the franchise and the organization to listen on possible opportunities, and there have been some clubs that have been aggressive. Not aggressive enough, obviously, because we haven’t done anything."


Report: Phillies/Rangers had 'in depth' talks for Cole Hamels


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) The Phillies and Rangers had in depth trade talks for pitcher Cole Hamels, according to FoxSports.com.

Texas had been mentioned as a possible landing spot for the 31-year-old pitcher, but money was thought to be an issue. Hamels is owed $96 million over the next four seasons, and the Rangers were hesitant to pay full price. 

The team's acquisition of Yovani Gallardo from the Brewers could signal that talks for Hamels are now dead. While the team didn't give up any elite prospects in the deal, it did take on an additional $9 million with Gallardo's salary. Gallardo will actually make $13 million next season, but the Brewers agreed to cover $4 million in order to complete the trade. 


Report: Money an issue in Rangers' pursuit of Phillies' Hamels


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) The Rangers have had conversations for Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, but money remains an issue, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Hamels is owed $96 million over the next four seasons, and that's too much for Texas. The team would like Philadelphia to kick in some cash, but that will be dependent on the prospects the Rangers are willing to send back. The Rangers are not on Hamels' no-trade list, so he wouldn't have to approve a deal if the two sides came to an agreement. 

The 31-year-old Hamels is coming off a season in which he posted a 2.46 ERA over 204 2/3 innings. 


Padres showing interest in Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) The Padres are showing interest in dealing for Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

No trade is imminent, but some believe San Diego has a better shot than most teams to land Hamels. That's due to their ability to offer decent prospects, and their willingness to go all in this season.

Outfielder Wil Myers has been a rumored name in offers for Hamels, but he hasn't been involved in the most recent proposals. Instead, the Padres would have to offer a strong package of prospects. 

The 31-year-old Hamels is due $96 million over the next four seasons, and that could play a role in whether the deal gets done. Philly may have to eat some salary, but that's likely dependant on the package of players they receive. Hamels is coming off a season in which he posted a 2.46 ERA over 204 2/3 innings. 


Report: Cardinals considering Hamels, Price and Scherzer


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2015) The Cardinals are considering trading for Cole Hamels or David Price, and are also exploring the option of signing Max Scherzer, according to FoxSports.com.

While St. Louis has shown interest in both Hamels and Price, no deal is close, according to the report. The club is reportedly concerned with the rotation depth behind Lance Lynn. Adam Wainwright is the team's ace, but is coming off elbow surgery. Michael Wacha also had arm issues last season. 

St. Louis is reportedly more interested in picking up a left-handed starter, but the cost to acquire Hamels is high. The club would have to part with pitching prospects Carlos Martinez or Marco Gonzalez. Outfielders Randal Grichuk or Stephen Piscotty would have to be considered as well. 

Price may be cheaper, as he's under contract for just one more season. If the team brings in Price, the thought is that they would attempt to sign him to a long-term contract. 


Report: Padres have discussed Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) The Padres have discussed a trade for Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, according to the Daily News

Newly-acquired outfielder Wil Myers would be used as the centerpiece in the deal. By bringing in Myers, Matt Kemp and Justin Upton, San Diego has a glut of talent in the outfield. While it seems strange that the team would turn around and deal Myers, he would be the type of talent the Phillies are said to be seeking for Hamels. Philadelphia reportedly wants two or three "premium" prospects for Hamels. 

The 30-year-old Hamels posted a 2.46 ERA over 204 2/3 innings last season. He's owed $90 million over the next four seasons. 


Phillies' Hamels seems resigned to pitching for new team next season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels seems resigned to pitching for a new team in 2015, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

"It's unfortunate, but all great teams have that season or drought for a couple of years and then they start to rebuild," Hamels said during an interview Sunday with MLB Network Radio. "I know I'm young enough to be able to go out there and play, and I love playing in the city of Philadelphia. Nothing but the best. The fans have been great; the organization has been great to me. But I do understand that baseball is a game that will go on, even after I'm done playing.

"So you have to put that in perspective and not really be too down about it. It's something, where if it does happen, I completely understand. Hopefully there will be a time when I can come back before my career is over. But, at the same time, it's a business. It's baseball."

Hamels, who has been mentioned heavily in trade rumors, said his perfect scenario would be to pitch for "a team that wants to win."

"Whenever you're in the postseason, that's what you play the game for," Hamels said.


Red Sox among teams expected to inquire about Cole Hamels


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Red Sox are expected to be one of several teams to inquire about a trade involving Phillies ace Cole Hamels, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Red Sox are expected to cast a wide net for starting pitching help after failing to sign Jon Lester, and the Phillies are reportedly interested in several of Boston's prospects.

Infielder/outfielder Mookie Betts, catcher Blake Swihart and third baseman Garin Cecchini are among some of the players the Phillies like in the Red Sox's organization.


Sandberg: Phillies would have to be 'wowed' to trade Cole Hamels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters at the winter meetings that general manager Ruben Amaro "is going to have to be wowed" in order to trade starting pitcher Cole Hamels in the offseason.

Hamels, who will turn 31 this month, went 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 198 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings (30 starts) last season.

Report: Hamels could be backup plan for Red Sox, if Lester deal fails


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels is considered a likely backup plan for the Red Sox, if they fail to sign starting pitcher Jon Lester, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. Sources added it's not out of the question the Red Sox might try to acquire both players.

Report: Dodgers not a match for Cole Hamels right now


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Dodgers are not a match for Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels at the moment, according to FoxSports.com.

The price for Hamels is high, and the Phillies would want one of Joc Pederson or Corey Seager in a deal. The Dodgers, however, don't have to give up young talent in order to acquire an elite pitcher. Los Angeles is said to be looking at some of the elite starters left on the market. It appears the club will focus on the market before turning back to Hamels. 

The 30-year-old Hamels posted a 2.46 ERA over 204 2/3 innings last season. He's owed $90 million over the next four seasons.


Report: Phillies evaluating if Dodgers could be option in Hamels deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Phillies are doing extensive homework on the Dodgers' minor-league system in prep for trade talks regarding ace Cole Hamels, according to USA Today MLB columnist Bob Nightengale.

Hamels has been a name mentioned in trade rumors this offseason. It's been reported the Phillies are looking for a few elite prospects in return for Hamels, who went 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts last season.


Report: Dodgers interested in trading for pitcher Cole Hamels


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Along with the Red Sox and Blue Jays, the Dodgers have expressed interest in trading for Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, reports USA Today.

Before any trade can be made, Hamels must waive his limited no-trade clause. In 2014, Hamels went 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts.


Report: Phillies SP Cole Hamels appears open to being traded


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels has had his name mentioned many times in trade rumors. Teammates Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins have also dealt with the same experience.

However, while it has been well-documented Utley and Rollins want to stay in Philadelphia, Hamels' preference hasn't been divulged ... until now. It appears Hamels isn't opposed to being traded, according to USA Today.

"He was neutral when I talked to him,'' Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said. "Happy to go. I think he wants to win, but he signed his contract, and he plans on honoring the contract, obviously.

"There's no pressure to move him and no necessity to do it, and frankly I'm not dying to move him. If there is an opportunity that is going to make our organization better off, then you have to consider it because we're considering everything.''

A big hurdle to trading Hamels is the current free-agent starting-pitching class, which includes the likes of Max Scherzer, Jon Lester and James Shields, and teams more willing to dole out cash instead of trading top prospects to acquire Hamels. The veteran left-hander also has a no-trade clause, which includes 20 teams on the list.

"You've seen in the last several years that those prospects are highly coveted,'' Amaro said. "It seems like teams are more apt to just spend money, because it's just money. It's not entities that they're giving up as far as players are concerned, or talent. That's kind of the trend we're in.

"It's no secret that the free-agent market will kind of dictate where this thing goes, I think. But at some point the dominoes will start to fall and then we'll see where it takes us."


Report: Blue Jays have asked Phillies about Hamels, Utley, Bastardo


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) The Blue Jays have called the Phillies to inquire about starting pitcher Cole Hamels, second baseman Chase Utley and left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo, according to the Toronto Sun.

Utley has a full no-trade clause in his contract, while Hamels has a limited no-trade clause and has only 20 teams on that list, which includes the Blue Jays. Bastardo is arbitration eligible and won't be a free agent until next offseason.


Report: Acquiring team might have to pick up Hamels' 2019 option in trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) The Red Sox are one of 20 teams on Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels' no-trade list, according to FOX Sports. Hamels might not reject a trade to Boston, but it would likely require any team on his no-trade list to pick up his $20 million option for 2019.

Industry sources told CSNPhilly.com that Philadelphia is looking for at least three top prospects -- two that can play right away and another one that isn't far off -- in a trade for Hamels. The Red Sox and Cubs are two teams interested in trading for Hamels and could have the prospects to get a deal done.