The Diamondbacks are interested in controllable starting pitching options on this year's trade market including Phillies' left-hander Cole Hamels, according to a league source. ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick was the first to report the team's interest in Hamels.
Arizona and Philadelphia have not had discussions about Hamels today, according to a source. The D-Backs are among the teams that Hamels can block a trade to, and it is unclear at this time whether or not he would be willing to go to Arizona.
Hamels is arguably the most notable trade candidate still left on the market, and has been linked most consistently to the Rangers, Dodgers, Giants and Red Sox in recent days. The Phillies are known to be discussing him with multiple clubs at this point, with Texas and Los Angeles reportedly among the favorites to land him.
Hamels appeals to the Diamondbacks because he is controllable through the 2018 season, and will likely cost a high prospect price in comparison to rental options like already-traded starters Scott Kazmir and Johnny Cueto. Other potential controllable options on the trade market include Carlos Carrasco (Indians), Mike Fiers (Brewers) and the Padres' duo of Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner, though it is unknown at this time whether or not the Diamondbacks have interest in any of those players.