MLB sources confirmed to me this afternoon that the Cubs have been in discussions with the Philadelphia Phillies on a deal for Cole Hamels who has three years left on his current contract plus an option year. While he is an expensive piece he fits the needs of the team to upgrade their rotation while adding a player who would be a part of the team beyond the rest of this season. The Cubs will probably add an additional starter for depth perhaps as a rental type but that is not expected to be a significant acquisition.
The Cubs have young talent and a need for another starter and Hamels would look pretty good in blue pinstripes.
Of course, David Price, who played for Joe Maddon for years, has been talked about as possible Cubs target, either now or after the season once he becomes a free agent. Kaplan says that Price is not really in play yet as the Tigers try to figure out whether they’re selling or not.