Cole Hamels RUMORS & NEWS

  • Blue Jays haven’t asked about Hamels ‘in months’ "The Toronto Blue Jays haven’t asked about Cole Hamels “in months” after getting the sense during the winter that the Philadelphia Phillies ace wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause, according to a source. That revelation comes after Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported Friday that the Blue Jays are..." May 22

  • Phillies GM hints Jays calling about Hamels "The Philadelphia Phillies’ general manager strongly suggested that the Toronto Blue Jays are interested in left-hander Cole Hamels in an unusually candid interview. “I guarantee I’ll get more grey hairs from my daughter driving than any trade talks with Mozeliak, Anthopoulos and Cherington,”..." April 30

  • The market for Cole Hamels is getting bigger

    Hardball Talk "Over the winter and during spring training, many columns were filed criticizing Phillies GM Ruben Amaro for not trading ace Cole Hamels. Amaro was being too unrealistic, they said. The risk of Hamels getting injured was too high to not sell now, they wrote. Amaro, often criticized beyond what..." April 27

  • GM: Phillies’ Asking Price For Cole Hamels Hasn’t Dropped ‘One Bit’

    NESN "The Philadelphia Phillies still aren’t blinking. One major league general manager who recently inquired about Phillies ace Cole Hamels told The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo that Philadelphia’s asking price for the left-hander still hasn’t dropped despite him struggling in two of his three..." April 19

  • Hamels unofficially starting the opener

    Courier-Post "It is the easiest question the Philadelphia Phillies will face this year. Who is the Phillies’ Opening Day starter? Common sense says it will be left-hander Cole Hamels, though Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg wouldn’t go as far as to confirm that after Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Blue..." March 27

  • Shane Victorino lashes out at talk radio guys for blowing his Cole Hamels comments out of proportion

    Hardball Talk "Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino used to play in Philly, so when the biggest offseason trade rumors involve a Phillies player being traded from Philly to Boston, he’s a logical guy to go to for a comment. Which is what the Philadelphia Daily News did a few days ago. Victorino’s comments..." March 26

  • Rangers talking to Phillies about Hamels, though nothing appears close "The Rangers and Phillies continue to remain in contact regarding star Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, according to people familiar with the talks. The teams have discussed Rangers prospects who'd go in a package for Hamels, but the sides were said to be still far apart. At this point, the..." March 21

  • Phillies GM: Lee Injury Doesn’t Change Stance On Hamels

    MLB Trade Rumors "Cliff Lee‘s season — and possibly his career — is in jeopardy due to a torn flexor tendon in his left elbow, effectively eliminating him as a trade chip for the Phillies and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. The Philadelphia GM told ESPN’s Jayson Stark, however, that losing one of his two ace-caliber trade chips..." March 11

  • Cole Hamels Trade Talk ‘Motivation’ For Red Sox Pitching Staff

    NESN "Cole Hamels this, Cole Hamels that. It’s impossible to bring up the Boston Red Sox in spring training without Hamels’ name coming up. The Red Sox’s lack of a starting pitcher who is considered a true ace has been a major storyline in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Red Sox opened their exhibition..." March 03

  • Red Sox have 'no urgency' to acquire Hamels

    CSN New England "The Red Sox continue to closely monitor the Cole Hamels situation with the Philadelphia Phillies, but, according to an industry source, "there's no sense of urgency'' to get a deal done soon for the lefty starter. The Red Sox have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Hamels since last..." February 27

  • Cole Hamels on Phillies: Winning 'not going to happen here'

    USA Today "The words flow out of Cole Hamels' mouth without hesitation, equivocation, or the slightest tinge of remorse. He wants to be traded from the Philadelphia Phillies. This is not a threat. He is not demanding a trade. He's not about to insult the Phillies, or say anything derogatory that..." February 18

  • Time for Red Sox to be open-minded about Cole Hamels deal

    Boston Herald "There are two ways to look at the unceasing trade talk involving Cole Hamels. From the perspective of embattled Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., Hamels is a life jacket, his only chip to yield the prospect-rich return that will show his bosses he’s capable of leading a massive rebuild..." February 12

  • Phillies have received four “real offers” for Cole Hamels

    Hardball Talk "Jim Salisbury, the Phillies beat writer for, shares the following report … A week before spring training, a number of Phillies remain very much available for trades. Cole Hamels is still the most coveted Phillie. How many teams have shown interest in the left-hander this..." February 11

  • The Padres are said to have made “an aggressive offer” for Cole Hamels

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres made an “aggressive offer” to the Phillies for lefty Cole Hamels before pivoting to James Shields. That comes in the course of his column about Hamels and the Phillies. He doesn’t say exactly what the offer consisted of, but you have to assume it..." February 11

  • Phillies GM expects Cole Hamels at spring training "Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. reiterated that he wouldn't rule out trading starting pitcher Cole Hamels soon, but says he expects him "to be in spring training" with the team when pitchers and catchers report next week. Hamels has been the subject of trade rumors for..." February 10

  • The Padres should still trade for Cole Hamels

    SB Nation "The Padres just spent $75 million to sign James Shields. They're probably done, but let's ask if they should be. The Padres are better than they were before the weekend started. They're much better than they were before the offseason started. Last week, we asked "Should the Padres sign James..." February 09

  • Padres likely out of Hamels race after adding Shields

    CSN Philly "Slow down, A.J. Preller. The Padres' first-year GM on Monday morning continued his massive overhaul of a team that finished 77-85 last season by agreeing to a four-year deal with James Shields, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo. Shields was the top remaining pitcher in free agency and..." February 09

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Padres still working hard to get a frontline SP. Worth noting: Ruben Amaro covets Andrew Cashner, and SD not on Cole Hamels' no-trade list.

  • Phillies GM on Hamels: 'I don't really foresee him being moved' "Ruben Amaro Jr. certainly isn’t ruling it out, but on Tuesday the Phillies general manager said he thinks Cole Hamels will open the season pitching against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. “I think Cole Hamels is going to be in our uniform, frankly," Amaro said before the annual winter..." January 21

  • Max Scherzer signing in DC should spur NL contenders to pursue Hamels

    Sporting News "Max Scherzer is heading to Washington, which means that a Nationals team with a nearly flawless lineup now boasts a rotation with the 30-year-old right-handed free agent, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez, with Tanner Roark in reserve. It is possiblethe..." January 20

  • Padres pinned as front-runners for Cole Hamels

    Gaslamp Ball "Despite the distribution of some of the Padres' biggest prospects, San Diego has kept their farm's cream of the crop. This puts them in the most-likely-to-land-a-trade seat on the Phillies' play-hard-to-get dating show. According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, as of now the most likely competition or..." January 20

  • Rangers are still in pursuit of Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels

    Dallas Morning News "The Rangers continue to pursue the possibility of adding left-hander Cole Hamels from Philadelphia. The Rangers have remained in contact with Philadelphia about Hamels, a person familiar with the process said on Thursday. The stumbling block appears to be money. Hamels is guaranteed $96..." January 16

  • Phillies in “staredowns” with four teams over Cole Hamels

    Hardball Talk "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..." January 15

  • Phillies continue to seek big haul for Hamels, taker for Howard

    CSN Philly "The Phillies open spring training camp in Clearwater five weeks from today with their first workout for pitchers and catchers. Will Cole Hamels be there? Five days later, position players will join the group for the first official full-squad workout. Will Ryan Howard be there? As NFL..." January 15

  • Ace Hamels still on Padres' radar; Wil Myers not involved in talks "Fresh off a trio of bold impact moves to rework their entire outfield and the middle of their lineup, the aggressive Padres are still said to be alive for another potential blockbuster, this one involving Philly's ace lefthander Cole Hamels – although, others teams also are in the mix, and..." January 13

  • Could Hamels, Price or Scherzer be answer to Cards' rotation needs?

    Fox Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals say they like their starting rotation. But that is not preventing them from pursuing a major upgrade. The team is exploring trades for left-handers Cole Hamels and David Price and the possibility of signing free-agent right-hander Max Scherzer, according to major-league..." January 08

  • No reason to rush into Cole Hamels deal

    Boston Herald "A few weeks ago, an executive from a team that had spoken with the Phillies about trading for Cole Hamels speculated that Philadelphia’s asking price — a multiplayer package headed by at least two “elite” prospects — would invariably come down later in the offseason. Don’t count on..." December 19

  • Red Sox, Dodgers become focus in potential Hamels trade

    CSN Philly "Jon Lester’s decision to sign with the Cubs over the Red Sox isn’t the best scenario for the Phillies, but it isn’t the worst either. The best scenario would have been Lester’s signing with the Giants. That way the Phillies could have leveraged the Cubs, Red Sox and Dodgers against each other..." December 10

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Hamels likely Plan B for #RedSox if they fail to sign Lester. Could they get both? Not out of question, sources say.

  • The likelihood that Hamels is heading to the Dodgers

    Fox Sports "While recent reports have linked the Dodgers to Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, such a trade is unlikely — at least for now. The Phillies would want one of the Dodgers’ top position prospects, shortstop Corey Seager or outfielder Joc Pederson, in any Hamels deal, according to major-league..." December 04

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The Los Angeles #Dodgers now also in pursuit of #Phillies ace Cole Hamels, joining #Redsox and others.

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The Los Angeles #Dodgers now also in pursuit of #Phillies ace Cole Hamels, joining #Redsox and others.

  • Phillies reportedly scouting Red Sox prospects for possible Cole Hamels trade

    Newark Star-Ledger "Things appear to be heating up on the possibility of the Phillies trading Cole Hamels to the Boston Red Sox front. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies are doing background on three of the top prospects in the Red Sox organization including highly touted catcher Christian..." November 19

  • Cole Hamels wants out, but trade could be costly

    USA Today "Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels realizes that no one is going to feel sorry for him. You can't have Hollywood looks, marry a gorgeous actress, have two beautiful kids, sign a six-year, $144 million contract extension, and suddenly get sympathy cards because you're employed by the..." November 13

  • Cole Hamels knows it's go time in Philly

    USA Today "Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels realizes that no one is going to feel sorry for him. You can't have Hollywood looks, marry a gorgeous actress, have two beautiful kids, sign a six-year, $144 million contract extension, and suddenly get sympathy cards because you're employed by the..." November 13

  • Nats-Cubs trade rumor could reshape market for Hamels

    CSN Philly "A report surfaced Tuesday night that the Cubs and Nationals were engaged in trade discussions about starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. "One source said the teams have enough mutual interest that names have been discussed," Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote. "Another said he..." November 12

  • Cubs looking again at Cole Hamels, plus top free-agent pitchers "The Cubs, already connected heavily in speculative reports about top free-agent pitchers Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, are also interested in Cole Hamels, according to sources, and are expecting to talk to the Phillies about him. It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Cubs will look into..." November 05

  • Cubs claim Cole Hamels off revocable trade waivers "The Cubs have claimed left-hander Cole Hamels off revocable trade waivers from the Phillies, Jon Heyman of has confirmed. Mike Missanelli of 97.5 the Fanatic first reported the claim. One of three things will happen now: The Phillies pull Hamels back off trade waivers and..." August 08

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    Mike Missanelli @MikeMiss975

    My info sez the CUBS put in the waiver claim on Cole Hamels. Would the Phils trade him there now and would Cole accept?

  • Report: Unidentified team claims Cole Hamels off waivers "An unidentified team has claimed Philadelphia Phillies starter Cole Hamels off waivers, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. The Phillies have two days to construct a deal with that team or pull him back off waivers. Hamels has a partial no-trade clause and can only be traded to nine teams..." August 07

  • Phils don't seem very interested in trading Hamels, but they should be "Everyone who has talked to the Phillies about star left-hander Cole Hamels comes to the same conclusion: Philliy isn't serious about trading the lefty. The Phillies are said to have requested packages of multiple top prospects from at least the Dodgers, Red Sox and Yankees, with no suggestion..." July 30

  • Exploring the Hamels-to-Dodgers trade possibility

    CSN Philly "National reports surfaced Monday night that the Phillies "have made Cole Hamels available" and the Dodgers are interested. It makes sense since L.A. is one of few teams -- maybe the only team -- equipped with the finances and elite prospects to pull off a blockbuster for the Phils' lefty..." July 29

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    To date, Phillies telling other teams Cole Hamels is not available.

  • Source: Nothing brewing on Sox-Hamels deal

    ESPN Boston "The Cole Hamels-to-the-Sox rumors, while making some modicum of sense, shouldn’t be taken too seriously, one major league source said Monday. The Phillies are actively shopping Cliff Lee, who came off the disabled list Monday night to start against the Giants, and are much more apt to keep Hamels...." July 22

  • The curious case of Boston's reported interest in Cole Hamels "No one can really be blamed for making a play for a great pitcher like Phillies star left-hander Cole Hamels. But in the case of the Red Sox, who have shown interest in Hamels according to the Boston Globe and others, it's maybe just a littler bit harder to understand. Boston offered its own..." July 20

  • Growing sense is Phillies would prefer to trade Lee than Hamels "The strong belief, based on talks so far with the Phillies, is that the team would much prefer to trade Cliff Lee than Cole Hamels. But, as one rival GM said, "Cliff Lee isn't pitching. So how can you make a deal for him today?" That is a fair point, but Lee is expected back soon from an..." July 18

  • Source: Phillies not looking to trade Hamels

    WEEI Boston "According a major league source, the Phillies are currently showing no inclination to trade Cole Hamels. Hamels has been the subject of rumors involving the Red Sox recently, with the Boston Globe suggesting the Red Sox might be viewing the lefty as a top-of-the-rotation replacement for Jon..." July 18

  • Dodgers unlikely to add David Price or Cole Hamels, GM intimates

    Los Angeles Times "General Manager Ned Colletti intimated Saturday the Dodgers are unlikely to acquire a frontline pitcher such as David Price or Cole Hamels before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Colletti acknowledged he is looking for both starting and relief pitching. While he didn’t specifically..." July 13

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Cole Hamels can be traded to LAD, LAA, STL, WAS, ATL, NYY, BOS, TEX, SD without his permission, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me.

  • Cole Hamels not living up to massive contract

    CSN Philly "Here's a question nobody wants to ask: Is Cole Hamels living up to his contract? The reluctance to address the topic is understandable. Plenty have already questioned the contracts for Ryan Howard and Jonathan Papelbon. If the idea starts circulating that Hamels, too, isn't living up to his..." May 08

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