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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: 36.15
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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.


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.