The Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies have been here before. Competing for a division title and with visions of making a trip to the World Series, the Dodgers have their eyes on Cole Hamels.
The Phillies meanwhile, fading in the standings, remain staunch in their standing of needing quite the haul in any trade for their ace. As it specifically relates to Los Angeles and Philadelphia, it’s believed the cost for Hamels is one of or both Corey Seager and Julio Urias, plus other pieces.
Last season former Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti rebuffed any trade talks that involved the two prized prospects, along with Joc Pederson. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi have given the indication they too won’t deal Seager or Urias.
On the heels of it being recently reported that the Phillies have become more reasonable with their asking price on Hamels, ESPN’s Jayson Stark adds the Dodgers may be able to acquire the left-hander without parting with Seager or Urias, though still at a hefty cost:
We’ve heard rumblings that, if one of those two isn’t in the deal, the Phillies have asked for as many as six players back from the Dodgers’ 1-A prospect tier.
Other notable prospects in the Dodgers farm system include Jharel Cotton (RHP), Grant Holmes (RHP), Zach Lee (RHP), Jose De Leon (RHP) and Scott Schebler (OF). Zaidi recently allowed Brett Anderson’s injury places more pressure on the Dodgers to address their pitching need sooner rather than later.
Though Zaidi also added the club had already been in the process of conducting an aggressive search. When compared to other pitchers that are expected to be placed on the trading block, Hamels’ postseason pedigree and multiple years remaining on his contract make him among the more attractive options.
After the 2015 season Hamels is guaranteed $67.5 million over the next three years ($22.5 million each season). His contract includes a vesting option for $20 million in 2019 should he throw a minimum of 400 innings in 2017-2018.
The option also stipulates at least 200 of the innings come in 2018 and is contingent on Hamles avoiding the disabled list with a shoulder or elbow injury at the end of the 2018 season. Additionally, the 2019 option year comes with a $6 million buyout.
Hamels this season is 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA, 3.37 FIP and 1.25 WHIP. Though his strikeout rate is at 24.4 percent, which is up slightly from his career 23.3 percent rate.
He was particularly ineffective in his last two starts, allowing a combined 14 runs on 20 hits in 6.1 innings — 3.1 innings July 10 against the San Francisco Giants and three innings on July 19 against the Miami Marlins. The non-waiver trade deadline is Friday, July 31 at 1 p.m. PT.