Cole Hamels can be traded to nine teams without consent

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When left-hander Cole Hamels inked a six-year, $144 million contract extension with the Phillies in late July 2012, he was given the right to veto a trade to 20 out of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams.

With the 2014 trade deadline approaching and the last-place Phillies looking like potential sellers, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi have dug up some of the details about Hamels’ no-trade clause, including the nine teams that he can be dealt to without giving his consent …

Hamels is under contractual control through 2019 and the big-budget Phillies are obviously hoping to be competitive at some point over the next five seasons, so it’s not close to a certainty that the 30-year-old will be moved. Cliff Lee is 35 years old and only signed through 2015 — making him more likely to be shipped.

Hamels boasts a 2.87 ERA, 1.226 WHIP, and 101/35 K/BB ratio through 100 1/3 innings this season.

2017 Preview: The National League West

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League West.

The Giants had the best record in all of baseball at the All-Star Break and the Dodgers lost the best pitcher in the world in Clayton Kershaw for a big chunk of the season. Yet, somehow, L.A. won the NL West by four games. The biggest culprit was the Giants’ suspect bullpen, which they put some real money toward fixing this winter. Is it enough? Or is a a Dodgers team with a healthy Kershaw just too talented for San Francisco to handle?

Below them is an intriguing Rockies team, though probably not a truly good Rockies team. The Dbacks have a lot of assorted talent but are nonetheless in reshuffle mode following a miserable 2016 campaign. The Padres, meanwhile, are in full-fledged rebuilding mode, but do possess some of the best minor league talent in the game.

Here are our previews of the 2017 NL West:

Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks
San Diego Padres

2017 Preview: The American League West

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League West

There’s not a lot of separation between the top three teams in this division. Indeed, it would not be a surprise for either the Astros, Rangers or Mariners to end the year on top. Part of that is because none of these contenders are perfect, with all three facing some big challenges in putting together a strong rotation.

Meanwhile, the best baseball player in the universe toils in Anaheim, where he’ll most likely have to content himself to playing spoiler. Up the coast in Oakland . . . um, green is pretty?

Our 2017 AL West Previews:

Houston Astros
Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Oakland Athletics