It was reported late last month that the Padres had talked to the Phillies about a trade for ace left-hander Cole Hamels and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman hears that the possibility is “still said to be alive.”
Early speculation was that the Padres would try to center the return package around the recently-acquired Wil Myers, but Heyman reports that trade scenarios recently discussed did not include him. The Phillies are obviously looking for a huge return, so this presumably means that top prospects like Austin Hedges, Hunter Renfroe, Matt Wisler, and Rymer Liriano could be discussed. Nothing is considered imminent, but one executive with another team said the Padres “may be more likely than some others to land Hamels.” As bold as new GM A.J. Preller has been this offseason, it can’t be ruled out.
Hamels, who is from San Diego, posted a career-low 2.46 ERA (151 ERA+) and 198/59 K/BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings across 30 starts last season. The 31-year-old is owed $94 million over the next four seasons and his contract includes a $24 million vesting option (or a $20 million team option with a $6 million buyout) for 2019.
The Red Sox, Cardinals, and Cubs are among the other teams who have been linked to Hamels this winter.