Astros “making a strong effort” for Phillies ace Cole Hamels
Additional confirmation tonight that #Astros are making a strong effort for Hamels. How open he is to approving a deal to HOU is not known.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2015
Houston looks like a safe bet to contend for a long time, so there should be some attraction there.
Hamels, who is under contract on a relatively good deal through 2019, owns a 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 137/39 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings this season for the 37-63, last-place Phillies. He’s coming off a no-hitter Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field, the first of the 31-year-old’s illustrious major league career.
Hamels would join Dallas Keuchel and Scott Kazmir in an excellent, postseason-ready Astros rotation.