Astros Trade Rumors: Houston Actively Pursuing Cole Hamels

Just days after acquiring ace Scott Kazmir from the Oakland A's, the Houston Astros are making a run to land another ace Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Hamels did not include the Astros in the list of teams he gave the Phillies free permission to negotiate a deal with, meaning Houston will have to do some persuading on that front. 

This signals a bold mindset from Houston's front office, who has obviously flipped the page and is trying to win now with their incredible first-half success.

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