Report: Cardinals, Dodgers favorites for Cole Hamels trade

In today's Cardinals rumors and news update, the St. Louis Cardinals have been identified as one of two favorites to land coveted Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels via trade before Thursday's non-waiver deadline.

According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports 1, the Cardinals join the Los Angeles Dodgers as top suitors for the 30-year-old lefty:

Several reports are indicating that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro is driving the price up for Hamels, looking for a trade package headlined by a marquee prospect along with two or other three key pieces. In addition, the Phillies are reportedly only willing to eat $10 million of the $90 million owed to Hamels through 2018.

If this is true, the Cardinals will have to weigh whether or not four years of team control over Hamels is worth both $80 million plus a cache of top prospects both in the short term and the long term.


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