Hamels at Fenway in 2015?
The Red Sox are one of four teams that could work out a trade with the Phillies for Cole Hamels according to ESPN analyst – and former GM – Jim Bowden.
The 30-year-old former World Series MVP has four years left on what was a seven year $153m deal. For each of the remaining years, Hamels would receive $22.5m. There’s also an option for 2019 which could be worth as much as $24m.
Trading for Hamels, with the players mentioned, would be a good use of the depth of the system. Marrero doesn’t have a path to the majors with Xander Boagerts manning the shortstop position. And while Ranuado is a candidate to progress and become an asset to the rotation, the Red Sox would keep top prospects Matt Barnes and Henry Owens. Also, don’t forget Allen Webster and Brandon Workman, two pitchers who I think are positioned to push on from their 2014 learning experience. The truth is, the Red Sox have enough rotation depth to include one more of those names and still feel good about what’s left.
And the likelihood is that there would need to be a third player included as according to CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury, Ruben Amaro would demand three top level prospects in return for Hamels in any trade.
It’s also worth noting that Hamels apparently added the Red Sox to his no-trade clause recently, most likely to enable negotiations on picking up his 2019 option to waive the clause.
In conclusion, the Red Sox need a front of the rotation pitcher as much as the Phillies need to inject some talented youth, so it would definitely be a deal both sides could feel good about.
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