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MLB Trade Rumors: Red Sox interested in Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee?

The Boston Red Sox haven’t exactly lived up to expectations, though if the team can put together a run in the next month or so it’s possible they could be buyers come the Major League Baseball trade deadline.

If such is to happen, it’s believed the Red Sox (in addition to outfield help) will be in the market for starting pitching. There’s certainly to be a ton of it available, which is good news for prospective buyers considering a saturated market will keep prices relatively fair.

So who might the Red Sox be interested in if they do decide to be buyers come the end of July? According to the Boston Globe, two members of the Phillies rotation could be of interest as Nick Carfado answered a reader question pertaining to what the Sox will do come the deadline.

“Tell me where they are in July. If they’re in the hunt, wouldn’t shock me to see them try to obtain another starting pitcher. The Philadelphia guys – Cliff Lee (if he’s healthy) and Cole Hamels – are possibilities. If they’re not in it, the Red Sox could sell off a few veterans who may not be in their plans next season, such as Jonny Gomes, Stephen Drew, A.J. Pierzynski, David Ross, and Grady Sizemore.”

The Red Sox could be looking past this season with potential additions of Hamels and Lee as they continue to struggle on a contract extension with current ace, Jon Lester.

As for Lee, it’s likely he’d be a potential post-waiver deal as he’s unlikely to prove he’s healthy enough before the July deadline.

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