The Los Angeles Dodgers have been mentioned as a potential trade suitor for Philadelphia Phillies lefty Cole Hamels in several batches of trade rumors this offseason, and this next report by USA Today's Bob Nightengale won't quell those rumblings:
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 Joe Rodgers of the Sporting News points out, "the deep-pocketed Dodgers have expressed interest in Hamels and always remain an option but they're paying $18 million of Matt Kemp's $21 million salary this season although he is now a member of the Padres." That $18 million of dead money could mean the difference between the Dodgers investing in Hamels and allowing another team like the Red Sox or Padres to swoop in.
Hamels went 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA and 198 strikeouts in 30 starts for the Phillies in 2014, and comes with four pricey years of team control (and a $20 million option in 2019) for any team that is willing to part with the assets necessary to acquire him.
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