The Philadelphia Phillies haven’t given any official indication that they plan to trade Cole Hamels, but if they do, it seems like the Boston Red Sox may have interest. Of course, they won’t be alone in their pursuit but the team has already began scouting the southpaw as noted by the Boston Globe.
Few teams have a better collection of young talent and prospects than the Boston Red Sox, however they’re still likely a few seasons away from making a significant impact at the MLB level. Given that, it’s understandable as to why the Red Sox would potentially be open to making a deal to get a veteran like Hamels.
Of course, it takes two to tango and the Philadelphia Phillies haven’t given much indication either way regarding their future plans with their ‘ace’.
While the Phillies are likely to trade multiple players in the next few weeks, most aren’t going to bring much back in way of prospects so moving players like Cliff Lee or Marlon Byrd is mostly for financial relief. That leaves players like Cole Hamels as the Phillies main trade chips to bring in high quality talent.
It’s a tough decision as some reports have hinted the Phiillies would prefer to build around Cole Hamels, but few teams are going to be able to give them top notch prospects and absorb his mega deal. The Boston Red Sox would be near the top of that list as would the Los Angeles Dodgers, though even they may have a financial breaking point.
For now there doesn’t appear to be much more than scouting going on, but things could heat up in the near future.