Cole Hamels

With sources confirming late Tuesday night an earlier ESPN report that the Phillies were asking teams for their last and best offer on Cole Hamels, it appears the Red Sox aren’t a likely landing spot for the pitcher.
According to one major league source, Hamels’ no-trade clause — that prevents the Phillies from dealing the 31-year-old to a list teams, one of them being the Red Sox — continues to be a roadblock when it comes to the Sox acquiring the lefty. It seemingly has been an issue throughout the team’s pursuit of Hamels.
It is believed that the Phillies may be focusing on teams that have shown significant interest and are not on Hamels’ 20-team no-trade list.
It is believed by numerous major league sources that the Dodgers might have the inside track on acquiring Hamels, with a very interested Houston team running into the same issues as the Red Sox (also residing on the no-trade list). The Rangers also are believed to be in the mix.
MLB.com has reported that Hamels will not make his scheduled start Thursday, the last day before the non-waiver trade deadline.
Hamels is coming off a no-hitter against the Cubs, with his ERA standing at 3.64 over 128 2/3 innings. He is signed at $22.5 million per season through 2018, with a $20 million team option for ’19.

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