December has arrived and many should expect the rumors and speculation to rise as teams begin to settle their roster for the 2015 season.
While the Los Angeles Dodgers have been rather quiet this offseason, they have been mentioned in rumors that has them shipping out an outfielder or acquiring a piece to fill the roster. One rumor that has been floating around is the Dodgers interest in trading for Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Phillies may have some interest in a potential deal with the Dodgers:
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 2, 2014
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. considers Hamels a top-tier starting pitcher and it has been said that they are expecting a large haul for the former All-Star. Last season the left-hander went 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts for the Phillies. He has thrown at least 200 innings in the past five seasons, has made the All-Star team three times and is a former World Series MVP. Hamels has four years left on his deal with an option for a fifth year.
The Dodgers have turned their focus to the farm system in recent years and have some serious talent on the rise. When the Dodgers looked towards Hamels before the trade deadline, it was said that the Phillies wanted at least two of the Dodgers “big three” of Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias. It’s still not known if this is true or continues to be true, but Amaro is known for wanting maximum return for his players.
Depending on the deal, the Dodgers could try to pry shortstop Jimmy Rollins and/or catcher Carlos Ruiz from the Phillies to fill some other holes.