Cole Hamels
While the Los Angeles Dodgers and their front office have denied the fact that they are looking for another starting pitcher.

Despite their denial, they continue to be linked to an All-Star starting pitcher from the NL East. Since the All-Star break last season, the Dodgers and Cole Hamels have been a popular rumor. With a few top prospects in the organization and the ability to acquire a game-changing starter, the Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies seem to be a perfect match.

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the two teams continue to talk, but aren’t the only ones:

Hamels’ partial no-trade clause allows him to block trades to all but eight teams. And four of those eight teams — the Padres, Rangers, Dodgers and Cardinals — are said by sources to have stayed in contact with the Phillies on Hamels of late.

With the San Diego Padres recently signing right-hander James Shields, that could lessen their desire to make a move. The Phillies could just decide to hold on to their former World Series MVP and wait for an injury or desperate contender to bring them a bigger deal. It appears that the biggest hurdle for a deal has been the Phillies’ asking price and willingness to eat some of Hamel’s salary.

Dodgers’ general manager Farhan Zaidi recently expressed his desire to keep the team’s top prospects, which could hamper a potential deal. As it stands, the team has a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson, but the back end of the rotation has durability issues. If the quintet can stay healthy, they will compete to be one of the best rotations in the game.

As the season nears, it appears less and less likely that a deal for Hamels will be made.

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Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

3 Responses

  1. citizen_irate

    Leave well enough alone. Farm system isn’t full enough to take the loss of a pitching phenom, star ss/3b or young controllable talent in Joc. Sign moncada develop last years draft for a 1/2 season and pair one of the younguns with a salary dump like dre or cc. You never know how desperate people will get at the trading deadline haha here’s to hopes and dreams

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  2. DODGERS1955

    sign hamels we need a back of the rotation pitcher to go with the front runners, we cant depend on the two back pitchers ,one could go to the bullpen so we could bring hamels here to L.A.

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