Cole Hamels trade rumors: Boston Red Sox were never close to getting … – MassLive.com
FILE – In this June 14, 2015, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Two people familiar with the deal say the Phillies have agreed to trade Hamels to the Texas Rangers for a package of prospects. Both people spoke to The Associated Press late Wednesday night, July 29, 2015, on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been finalized. Hamels has a limited no-trade clause but does not have to approve a deal to the Rangers. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) (Gene J. Puskar)
The Cole Hamels hubbub finally came to a conclusion on Wednesday night.
The Philadelphia Phillies are closing in on a deal that will send Hamels to the Texas Rangers for three top prospects, according to multiple reports. The deal is pending a review of medical records.
After months of speculation that began last offseason of whether the Red Sox would land Hamels, the lefthander is headed to the AL West.
While Boston was not among the list of nine teams Hamels could be traded to without his consent, apparently that wasn’t a problem.
According to the Boston Herald’s Scott Lauber, Hamels agent John Boggs said “the only reason the Red Sox were not on the approved list is he only had nine teams to put on that list.”
But on the flip side, Lauber reports, the Red Sox “weren’t even in the picture,” to acquire Hamels.
The Red Sox have long stated the desire to acquire young starters who can be under team control for several seasons. Hamels is already 31 with his contract running through his age 34 season with an option for the following season. An aging starter presents problems, and while the Red Sox have a number of issues in the rotation as of right now, it seems as though they tried to avoid Hamels altogether and focus on younger pitchers.
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