Per Salisbury, the "primary suitors" for Hamels' services at this point are the Rangers, the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres.
According to a source cited by Salisbury, "Texas has maintained quiet interest in Hamels. The Rangers have some intriguing position-player prospects but will be very protective of hitters Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara. The Rangers do have a top catching prospect in Jorge Alfaro."
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The Phillies and GM Ruben Amaro are looking for a major haul in return for the four years of control (plus a 2019 option) left on Hamels' deal. However, their willingness to eat part of the remaining balance on his mega-contract could also play a factor if and when trade talks get down to brass tacks here soon.
Hamels, 31, went 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts last season, posting a 198/59 K/BB ratio in 204.2 innings pitched - his fifth-straight season with 200 innings pitched or more.
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