Contestant #2: Cole Hamels
It was disappointing when Hamels re-upped with the Phillies two years ago. The California kid coming home would have given the Dodgers a devastating pair of lefties atop their rotation. Now, with Philly in the cellar and in desperate need of a rebuild, it makes sense that some believe Hamels could be had for the right price. What is the right price?
What The Phillies Might Want: Joc Pederson, Julio Urias, Corey Seager
Again, when you ask for a team’s best player, you can’t expect that they wouldn’t ask for your best prospects.
What The Phillies Might Take: Joc Pederson, Julio Urias, Chris Reed, Darnell Sweeney
Take your pick: deal Urias and Pederson, or Urias and Seager. Hamels is a year older than Price but is also under team control for the next five years. Reed and Sweeney give the Phillies another pair of potentially productive players for the left-hander, who has nearly $100 million remaining on his contract.
Quick side note: Hamels has a limited no-trade clause wherein he can block trades with 20 teams. However, he cannot block a trade to the Dodgers.
Deal or No Deal: NO DEAL
As much as I’d hate losing Pederson, getting a player of Hamels’ caliber would be too much to pass up on. Now, granted, I don’t think this trade would happen because, again, I believe the Phillies would ask for at least two of Pederson, Seager and Urias.
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