Phillies starter Cole Hamels could be traded this winter, but the lefty’s contract includes a 20-team no-trade list. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Hamels is updating the list, due on November 1.
Currently, the teams to which Hamels can be traded are the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Cardinals, Nationals, Braves, Yankees, Red Sox, and Rangers. Heyman writes that the Red Sox and Cubs have shown interest in the past and are expected to continue to show interest as long as the Phillies make Hamels available. It will be interesting to see if Hamels’ updated list allows for a trade to the Cubs.
The Phillies are expected to at least shop Hamels during the off-season, as he remains the organization’s best method to infuse their minor league system with premium talent.
Hamels is coming off of the best season of his career despite a 9-9 record. He finished with a 2.46 ERA over 204 2/3 innings with a 198/59 K/BB ratio. He has $96 million and four years remaining on his six-year, $144 million contract signed back in July 2012.
SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.
Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.
Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.
Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.
Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.
In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.