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Take note, Red Sox front office. According to CSNNE, Cole Hamels is on the trading block. The news came out of Philadelphia last night and the Red Sox could be a prime landing spot due to their wealth of young talent. The Philadelphia Phillies need to do something drastic after falling off in the past couple of years and trading for a couple of young guys could be the answer.
For the Red Sox, they need an ace if they want to be successful in 2015, and while Cole Hamels isn't the only option out there, he could certainly fit the bill. He had a 2.46 ERA in 2014 and owns a career record of 108-83 and a 3.27 lifetime ERA, so he could certainly be the guy for the Sox. The only drawback for Hamels would be what the Sox would have to give up to get him as far as prospects go. The Phillies desperately need some young guys to help their barren farm system, so ask yourself: Is it really worth it if we have to give up a Xander Bogaerts or Mookie Betts? That part of this worries me more than his salary - $90 mil guaranteed, $114 million max over 4 years, with an option for 2019. That's the kind of money the Red Sox probably need to shell out to bring an ace to Boston, i.e. a Hamels or Jon Lester. I don't know who is on the Phillies short list of trade candidates, but you can bet Bogaerts and/or Betts will make the list if the teams get into serious discussions regarding Cole Hamels.
Stats per CSNNE. Thoughts? Let me know on Twitter or leave a comment.