When the trade market for the Boston Red Sox finally opens up and Cole Hamel is on the market, the Phillies have to be thinking about a deal.
With his $24 million salary, Hamels has earned the right to be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but it’s not just about a potential World Series title.
The Phillies also have a young outfield to work with.
According to a report from Jeff Passan of CBSSports.com, the Philadelphia Phillies are preparing to trade Hamels for right-hander Cole Hammel.
The Phillies are reportedly looking for a veteran reliever, a left-handed hitter who could provide them a solid offensive punch and potentially provide relief to right-handed pitching.
The team reportedly also has interest in acquiring an infielder, but Passan says that could also be the case.
With Hamels, the organization has an established right-hand-hitting middle infielder who could help fill a major need.
However, it’s likely that Hamels will be traded.
The report notes that Hammel has already agreed to a five-year, $60 million contract extension with the Phillies.
If he signs the deal, the 26-year-old Hamels could be ready to begin the 2019 season.
The Philadelphia Phillies have a lot of salary cap space, but they need to find a trade partner for Hamels.