The trade deadline is just days away and one of the biggest pieces available for trade has yet to be moved in Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
While the Los Angeles Dodgers have been named one of the favorites for the former All-Star, along with the Texas Rangers, talks have been nothing more than that to this point. There are several other teams that have shown interest in Hamels, making him the most pursued starting pitcher before the deadline.
According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the Phillies are still entertaining offers and have put a deadline before the deadline:
The Philadelphia Phillies have told several teams interested in acquiring Cole Hamels that they’d like to get their “best” offers by Wednesday, sources told ESPN.com.
Putting teams in a sort of bidding process is the Phillies way to receive the best possible deal, as it would be expected that teams put in offers that intend to beat out all others interested. By putting a deadline at Wednesday, the team has until Friday to continue negotiating and strike a deal.
For the Dodgers, it’s been reported that the Phillies are requesting six prospects if top prospects Corey Seager and Julio Urias are not involved in the trade. It’s a unusually high demand, but the Phillies believe that the fact that Hamels is under contract through 2018 makes him worth it. The NL West leaders reportedly have David Price as their top choice to acquire; however, the Detroit Tigers are still deciding to sell or buy. Price would become a free agent after this season, lowering his price despite being younger with better numbers than Hamels.
The Dodgers are sure to submit a bid for Hamels, but do no expect it to meet the Phillies demands.