The Los Angeles Dodgers are clearly interested in Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, but they "appear to be something of a longshot to make a deal," reports Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.
Yes, they're interested, but they appear to be something of a longshot to make a deal with the Phillies. The Dodgers have spoken to the Phillies about Hamels, sources said Sunday, but the Phillies aren't thrilled with the players the Dodgers could offer in return.
Beyond the Dodgers, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays could also have interest in Hamels.
Earlier this month, the Rangers were named the favorites to land Hamels if the Phillies decided to make him available. Because Philadelphia is reportedly requesting a third baseman or center fielder in any Hamels’ trade, Josh Slagter of Mlive.com speculated that the Tigers could hold the "golden ticket" when it comes to acquiring the southpaw; top third base prospect Nick Castellanos.
While the Hamels rumors have heated up exponentially with the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaching, the Phillies are not guaranteed to shop their ace. It’s been reported that the club is preparing to offer Hamels a "substantial" offer in an attempt to re-sign him to a long-term contract extension.