In a video for CSN Philly, Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies are involved in “staredowns” with four teams involving left-hander Cole Hamels: the Padres, Cardinals, Rangers, and Red Sox. Salisbury adds that it will be tough for the Phillies to get the value they’re looking for and a trade isn’t likely to happen until the Phillies are into “the warm weather months”.
Hamels, 31, has four years and $96 million remaining on his contract. Hamels would likely require an acquiring team to pick up his $20 million club option for 2019, rather than pay the $6 million buyout, in order to approve a trade to a team on his limited no-trade list. The Red Sox are one team known to be on that list.