Dodgers join Red Sox in pursuit of Cole Hamels


The Dodgers have joined the Red Sox in pursuit of Phillies ace Cole Hamels, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports. The Red Sox have already talked to the Phillies about a potential deal, having shot down a couple of proposals. Additionally, the Cubs have been reported to have interest in the lefty.

Hamels, 30, has four years and $96 million remaining on his contract with the Phillies. He has appeal to contending teams because his contract is shorter in length as compared to free agent starters — Max Scherzer and Jon Lester, for instance — who are expected to draw six-year deals in the $150-200 million range.

Hamels had another excellent season for the Phillies in 2014, finishing with a 2.46 ERA and a 198/59 K/BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings. He missed the first three weeks of the season due to left shoulder tendonitis, but has otherwise been quite healthy over the duration of his nine-year career.