There are a few teams looking a Cole Hamels. The Dodgers are mentioned a lot. The Rangers have kicked the tires. Some have suggested the Blue Jays may try to make a run. But here’s a new one:
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 27, 2015
The idea being that the Dbacks are looking for pitchers under contract and Hamels is under contract. Of course that contract gives him significant no-trade protection, and given how pitcher-unfriendly Arizona is, one figures that Hamels may be more inclined to use that no-trade protection there than elsewhere.
Or, and maybe I’m just a conspiracy nut, maybe the Dbacks are trying to drive the price up for the Dodgers. They really don’t much care for the Dodgers.