In his Sunday column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo writes that we should expect the Red Sox and the Phillies to reopen trade talks involving starter Cole Hamels even after the Sox have already turned down a couple of trade proposals from the Phillies.
The Phillies are officially buying into the idea of a rebuild and Hamels represents an efficient way for them to restock their minor league system quickly. But, as expected, GM Ruben Amaro wants “at least three top prospects” for his ace. The Red Sox are already actively assessing top-tier free agent starters — including Jon Lester — and it may prove more prudent for them to overpay by one or two years and a few million as opposed to giving up a handful of talented young players for starting pitching.
Hamels, who turns 31 in December, is entering the third year of a six-year, $144 million contract extension signed in July 2012. The Phillies still owe him $96 million. The lefty turned in the best season of his career despite starting the season on the disabled list, finishing with a 2.46 ERA and a 198/59 K/BB ratio over 204 2/3 innings.