Phillies looking for “at least three top prospects” in return for ace left-hander Cole Hamels

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The Phillies are expected to dangle ace left-hander Cole Hamels this offseason to potentially spur an organizational rebuild, but he has a 20-team no-trade clause and the asking price is apparently going to be sky-high.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com hears from industry sources that the Phillies “are looking for at least three top prospects, two that can play right now and another that isn’t far away.” Salisbury mentions the Red Sox and Cubs as possible suitors because they have the kind of young talent to get a deal done.

Hamels is owed $96 million over the next four seasons, but he’s well worth that if he can stay healthy. The 30-year-old registered an outstanding 2.46 ERA (151 ERA+) and 198 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings this past season for Philadelphia.