Trade Rumors: Hamels to Tigers or Rangers?
- Updated: July 5, 2012
Cole Hamels trade rumors are just getting started, with the Philadelphia Phillies considering a trade of their ace pitcher. A recent rumor leaked the interest of the Detroit Tigers who would trade their best possible prospect Nick Castellanos.
The Phillies could use a young third baseman and Castellanos is one of the elite prospects at the corner position. If the Tigers decided that they were going all-in for a World Series this year, trading Castellanos in a package of players for Hamels might make a lot of sense. A trade like that, which would pair Hamels with Justin Verlander, could make the Tigers a favorite in the American League.
The Phillies have already started making calls to he Texas Rangers who are already interested in acquiring him. If Hamels officially hits the trade market, it is a safe bet that there will be a whole host of franchises that would want a chance to grab him. The problem is that some of those teams would want him to sign a contract extension, which may not happen with Hamels until the off-season.