Cubs Rumors: Chicago targeting Cole Hamels trade to pair him alongside Jon Lester?

The Chicago Cubs appear interested in creating one of the most dominant 1-2 starting rotation punches in recent memory, with the team reportedly having interest in a trade for Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels.

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, "the Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, and Rangers are interested in Hamels. The sleeper team is the aggressive Astros. The Giants may be in if they can’t get James Shields."

Pairing Hamels alongside recently-signed Jon Lester could vault the Chicago Cubs from playoff contenders to legitimate World Series favorites in one fell swoop. However, such a trade would likely mean that the franchise would have to part with two or three of its most prized prospects - something that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer would have to look long and hard at before pulling the trigger.

Hamels finished 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA, 198/59 K/BB ratio, and 1.148 WHIP in 204.2 innings pitched last season.

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