The Padres and Phillies have had some discussions on a trade that would send left-hander Cole Hamels to San Diego, according to a report from Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News. The Padres are floating new acquisition Wil Myers in trade talks as potential bait, according to Lawrence.
Though it is surprising that the Padres are already shopping Myers just days after acquiring him, general manager A.J. Preller's unorthodox methods have been focused on stockpiling assets and then flipping those assets for players who will fill holes at other positions. The team flipped Ryan Hanigan to the Red Sox in order to fill their third base void with Will Middlebrooks, and is likely to continue re-working their roster until they feel that they have a deep, complete product.
Hamels, the prize of the current trade market for starting pitching, has also drawn strong interest from the Dodgers and Red Sox this winter and is thought of as the most valuable veteran piece that the Phillies could move in trades. Philadelphia already shipped Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles and Antonio Bastardo this winter, so they have indicated that they are finally starting the process of getting younger and breaking up its veteran core.