According to Fox Sports 1’s Jon Morosi, the Philadelphia Phillies have made P Cole Hamels available in trade discussions and the Los Angeles Dodgers are interested, despite the incredibly high price tag.
Sources: Phillies have made Cole Hamels available on trade market, although price remains high. Dodgers interested. @FOXSports1
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 28, 2014
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. isn’t going to part ways with Hamels for nothing. Jayson Stark of ESPN quotes one unnamed executive, who said ““Ruben wants his doors blown off in order to trade him. And you don’t get your doors blown off if this kind of money is attached. It doesn’t work that way.”
Stark mentions that the asking price for Hamels may be 3-4 top prospects and that the Phillies are only willing to eat around $10M of the $90+M left on his contract. That would mean that Dodgers would likely have to trade two of their three best prospects (Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, Julio Urias) and Chris Anderson and/or Zach Lee. That’s an astronomical price tag, even for one of the better pitchers in baseball.
Cole Hamels, 30, is enjoying yet another stellar season for the Phillies. So far in 2014 Hamels is 5-5 with a 2.72 ERA in 122 1/3 innings.
As far as his contract, Hamels is earning $22.5M in 2014 and is guaranteed $90M from 2015-18, with a $20M club option for the 2019 season that can vest at $24MM with 400 innings from 2017-18 or 200 innings in 2018.
He has about $7.87M remaining on this year’s salary, which means that he’s guaranteed another almost $98M and could earn as much as $122M before hitting free agency at age 34.
The Dodgers are known to be interest in Boston’s Jon Lester and Tampa Bay’s David Price, along with Hamels and potentially Cliff Lee. The team is currently 1.5 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West and are tied for the best record in the National League.
The trade deadline is on Thursday meaning if the Dodgers are going to make a major splash they have limited time to do so. The Dodgers already possess one of the best rotations in baseball; however, adding Hamels or any of the other pitchers mentioned would make a strength even stronger. However, the Dodgers have more pressing needs (read: bullpen) and would like to hold on to uber prospects Pederson, Seager, and Urias.