The Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in swinging a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies for Cole Hamels this month but may not have the pieces to entice the Phillies, CBS Sports' Danny Knobler reported on Sunday.
The Dodgers were expected to be a top potential destination for Hamels when the 28 year old hits the free-agent market this winter. But now that Dodgers' starter Chad Billingsley will need an MRI on his elbow, the Dodgers might have an immediate need for an infusion of starting pitching. The Dodgers are 1.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.
However, the Phillies don't seem in any rush to make a deal, and they are reportedly negotiating "like heck" to keep him in Philadelphia for the longterm. From Knobler's report:
Yes, they're interested, but they appear to be something of a longshot to make a deal with the Phillies. The Dodgers have spoken to the Phillies about Hamels, sources said Sunday, but the Phillies aren't thrilled with the players the Dodgers could offer in return.
Knobler also reported that the Dodgers are targeting Chicago Cubs starters Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster. The Cubs, in rebuilding mode, would be more likely to accept prospects that aren't close to the major leagues.
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury reported Saturday that the Phillies and Hamels have hit a snag in negotiations on a long-term deal. The Phillies are willing to give Cliff Lee-type money to Hamels — in the $24 million per season range — but they are only offering a four-year contract. Hamels reportedly seeking as many as seven years. The left-hander is 10-4 with a 3.20 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 118 innings pitched this season.