The Los Angeles Dodgers have yet to make a move for a top-tier arm with the July 31 trade deadline rapidly approaching. There have been numerous rumors of acquiring starting pitchers David Price, John Lester and John Lackey.
Recently, the Dodgers approached the Philadelphia Phillies and inquired about left-handed starter Cole Hamels after it was reported that he is available.
The Phillies have placed a high price for Hamels, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports:
Yet, according to one-ranking official directly involved with the talks, the Los Angeles Dodgers recently asked for Hamels. They were told the price would be three of their top prospects – center fielder Joc Pederson, shortstop Corey Seager and left-handed pitcher Julio Urias.
The Dodgers response to that proposal was short and simple:
Sorry, the Dodgers said, but no interest.
Hamels is currently under contract through 2018. Over the next four years, he is guaranteed $90 million with a $20 million club option in 2019. The 30-year-old left hander is coming off an uncharacteristic year where he posted a career-worst 8-14 record with a 3.60 ERA in 33 starts in 2013.
Hamels is currently 5-5 with a 2.72 ERA in 18 starts. He has turned around his play in July, as he is 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA. He is a three-time All-Star and has spent his entire career with the Phillies. He holds a 104-79 career-record with a 3.33 career-ERA. Hamels was the 2008 National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player in 2008, along with being the 2008 World Series MVP.
Pederson, Seager and Urias are widely considered the top three prospects in the Dodgers system and have been deemed nearly untouchable in any potential deals. Mattingly recently called Pederson the best center fielder in the organization, while Seager and Urias are young and promising prospects that are expected to contribute in a few more years.
It is likely that the Dodgers will not pursue Hamels after receiving this proposed deal.
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