There have been talks for almost a year about the Red Sox and Phillies interest in making a trade for Cole Hamels yet the two sides have not yet been able to come to an agreement. While the talks have stalled after the season began it appears that the Phillies are now getting interested in some of the Red Sox prospects. Both teams would benefit from a potential trade, Philladelphia currently has the third worst winning percentage in baseball and the Red Sox have the second worst pitching rotation in baseball.
While the Red Sox farm system is full of depth there are a few untouchables according to General Manager Ben Cherington. These untouchables include current Major League outfielder Mookie Betts, starting catcher Blake Swihart and the pitching staff in AAA Pawtucket.
It appears that Philadelphia has been looking at the Red Sox Class-A Greenville team especially Rafael Devers who plays third base, and Mauricio Dubon who plays shortstop. While these prospects would sweeten a trade they would not be enough for the Red Sox to court Cole Hamels away from Philly, and the Red Sox would have to include a player that could impact the Phillies roster immediately. These players include Garin Cecchini from Pawtucket or Manuel Margot from Salem. While the Red Sox have the talent in the farm to get Hamels it is all about how much they are willing to give up for him and if the Red Sox are willing to give up what the Phillies ask for. Both teams could benefit currently but in the long run it is a different question for the Red Sox.
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