Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have preached a need for starting pitching ever since their first day on the job in Chicago.
They didn't view this past offseason as a time to go all-in on a big free agent and lock up one player with a megadeal. But that could change in just a few months.
If so, Cole Hamels may be on their radar.
With Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee now on the Phillies, Hamels kind of gets lost in the shadows sometimes. But the lefty has been putting up ace-worthy numbers since his debut with the Phillies and doesn't turn 29 until late December.
He is set to become a free agent after the 2012 season and extension talks with the Phillies have reportedly soured recently.
Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times discusses whether Theo and Hoyer would go after Hamels, and how the lefty feels about the possibility of playing in Chicago.
The Cubs would be a team I would be more than happy to consider just because of the fact the city hasnt won, theyre a baseball town, like Philly and I think seeing Theo there, obviously trying to build a team, that shows they do want to win, which obviously excites anyone," he told Wittenmyer.
Hamels has a stellar 3.38 career ERA and 1.14 WHIP and has struck out almost a batter an inning over his seven years. Imagine what those numbers would look like at the top of a Cubs rotation that also features Matt Garza.
Obviously there is a lot of speculation here, but Hamels is exactly the kind of guy Theo and Hoyer are targeting to help turn things around.