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


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 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.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.