The Boston Red Sox have been mentioned as a potential trade suitor for Philadelphia Phillies lefty Cole Hamels ad nauseum throughout the offseason, and it appears that talk isn't going to die down anytime soon.
Per USA Today's Bob Nightengale:
There are 5 to to 6 teams still trying to trade for #Phillies ace Cole Hamels but no one yet close to coming up with package Phillies covet.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 3, 2015
As the Sporting News' Joe Rodgers points out, "ESPN's Keith Law ranks the Red Sox as one of the top five farm systems in MLB and they have seven starting pitchers on their roster — having added Wade Miley, Rick Porcello and Justin Masterson — that they could use to entice the Phillies for Hamels."
Hamels went 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA and 198 strikeouts in 30 starts for the Phillies in 2014, and comes with four years of team control (and a $20 million option in 2019) for any team that is willing to spend the assets necessary to acquire him.
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