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Ruben Amaro hints at Cole Hamels trade partners

In an interview with Bob Nightengale, the Phillies GM revealed which teams might be calling him about Cole Hamels.

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Confirming early reports, the Phillies appear to at least be talking to three teams about their star left-hander, Cole Hamels. While speaking with Bob Nightengale, in reference to his daughter's impending driving test, Ruben Amaro said that he'll guarantee "more grey hairs from [his] daughter driving than any trade talks with Mozeliak, Anthopolous, and Cherington."

The Cardinals suddenly have a need with the news that Adam Wainwright is out for the season, and the Blue Jays have been searching since they lost Marcus Stroman. The Red Sox have always been named in trade talks, but early in spring training, negotiations broke down because they couldn't agree on a prospect package. Amaro wouldn't pull the trigger unless catching prospect Blake Swihart was in the deal, and he was untouchable in the eyes of the front office. It was an unfortunate stalemate of a situation, and nothing ever materialized.

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Recent news however suggests that there may still be a way for Hamels to wind up in Fenway. David Murphy is reporting that the Phillies will send former manager Charlie Manuel to scout center field prospect Manuel Margot.  In 32 games across 2014 and 2015, he's hitting better than .340 and owns ISO above .210.

Maneul isn't likely to make it to the major league's this year, as he's only in A+ ball, but he could become the foundation of a trade. The Red Sox already have too many outfielders (Hanley Ramirez, Rusney CastilloMookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr.), and could part with him as part of a deal for Hamels.

The Red Sox rotation is dead last in ERA, and has the 16th worst FIP. While nothing seems imminent, Amaro has to eventually trade Hamels, and 2015 seems like the year. Chris Schubert also notes that the Dodgers are a potential landing spot. Brandon McCarthy is out for at least a year, and are still without Hyun-jin Ryu. According to Baseball America, they have the third best farm system in baseball, and could likely put together a package for Hamels.