In today's Dodgers rumors and news update, the Philadelphia Phillies have removed the "untouchable" tag from starting pitcher Cole Hamels, placing him on the market just a few days before the July 31st MLB trade deadline.
Per Jon Morosi of FOX Sports 1, the Los Angeles Dodgers have registered interest in Hamels, but could be scared off by the ace's current price tag:
Sources: Phillies have made Cole Hamels available on trade market, although price remains high. Dodgers interested. @FOXSports1 — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 28, 2014
Hamels is under team control for four years with an option for 2019. However, he comes with a $22.5 million per year salary through 2018 - a financial commitment that could scare off several teams currently classifying themselves as buyers.
The Dodgers are one of the few teams in Major League Baseball who could assume such a salary with limited struggle. However, with the Phillies only willing to pay $10 million of Hamels' $90 million commitment and looking for a top-tier trade package headlined by a marquee prospect, the Dodgers are remaining noncommittal about a potential deal.
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