MLB Rumors: Cole Hamels to the Phillies?

Andrew Porter
July 08, 2019 - 10:31 am

Get ready for Cole Hamels to the Phillies rumors, again. 

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According to Patrick Mooney of The Athletic, Cubs GM Theo Epstein could make major changes to a team that is just 16-19 since June 1st, despite sitting atop the NL Central at 47-43. One specific change mentioned by Mooney is, Epstein "hoping Cole Hamels gets healthy so he can get traded."

Cue the Phillies, who are also 47-43, and in desperate need of starting pitching. Philadelphia was already said to be in the starting pitching market and now, to make matters worse, starter Jake Arrieta has a bone spur in his right arm and could require surgery

As recently as May 24th, Hamels has talked openly about potentially finishing his career in Philly. 

Finish where you started. --

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Hamels, 35, is currently on the IL with an oblique strain. Before getting injured, Hamels had been excellent going 6-3 in 17 starts with a 2.98 ERA, 3.0 WAR, and 3.58 FIP. Chicago picked up Hamels' $20 million option this winter and he is set to become an unrestricted free-agent after the season.