ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported Monday night that the Astros are legitimate suitors for Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, and now FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is hearing much of the same …
Houston looks like a safe bet to contend for a long time, so there should be some attraction there.
Hamels, who is under contract on a relatively good deal through 2019, owns a 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 137/39 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings this season for the 37-63, last-place Phillies. He’s coming off a no-hitter Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field, the first of the 31-year-old’s illustrious major league career.
Hamels would join Dallas Keuchel and Scott Kazmir in an excellent, postseason-ready Astros rotation.
The Astros acquired Scott Kazmir from the Athletics last week, but they are still thinking big as they make a push for the postseason. According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Astros “remain in the thick” of the bidding for Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels and are “making a big push” to get a deal done.
We heard yesterday that there is “momentum building” toward a trade involving Hamels, who threw a no-hitter against the Cubs on Saturday. The Dodgers and Rangers have been considered the favorites in recent days, but the Yankees, Giants, Cubs, Red Sox, and Diamondbacks are among the other possibilities. Hamels can block a trade to 20 teams and it’s unclear whether he would sign off on a trade to Houston.
Hamels, 31, owns a 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 137/39 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings this season. He’s owed $22.5 million per season from 2016-2018 and his contract includes a $20 million club option or $6 million buyout for 2019.
In the past couple of years, the fun harbinger of trades is to watch players hug their teammates in the dugout during games. That’s a sure sign that they were just informed they were traded and they’re about to leave. We saw this last week with Scott Kazmir. It’s come to be called the “Hug Watch” on Twitter.
Here’s a new angle to it. As many, including our Drew Silva noted a few minutes ago, Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis just followed a crap-ton of Cardinals-related accounts on Twitter, including reporters and players. His most recent follows include the MLB.com reporter for the Cardinals, the Fox Sports Midwest people, Randall Grichuk, and a zillion other Cards players, some current, some former.
So: is the “scoop” on an alleged Rajai Davis trade his follow list, or is Davis just bored today and pulling everyone’s leg? Part of me hopes it’s the latter because that’d be pretty hilarious and subversive. Part of me hopes it’s the former because it further shows the inanity of caring about the “scoop” these days.