The Los Angeles Dodgers aren't afraid of spending money as they've shown countless times before, so it's no surprise that they're currently linked to Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the mega-market Dodgers appears to be positioning themselves to offer a trade package for the expensive lefty.
Per Cafardo, “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.”
The biggest hurdle for the Dodgers in obtaining Hamels is likely to be Phillies GM Ruben Amaro. Amaro is reportedly looking for a massive prospect-laden return in order to give up five years of team control over Hamels, so GM Ned Colletti will need to think long and hard before pulling the trigger on such a deal.
Hamels finished 9-9 in 2014 with a 2.46 ERA, 198/59 K/BB ratio, and 1.148 WHIP in 204.2 innings pitched. He is currently owed $90 million over the next four years, with a $20 million club option (or $24 million vesting option) in 2019.
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