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Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Rangers, and Astros interested in Phillies’ Cole Hamels

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Via’s Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notebook in the Boston Globe:

4. Cole Hamels, LHP, Phillies — The Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, and Rangers are interested in Hamels. The sleeper team is the aggressive Astros. The Giants may be in if they can’t get James Shields. The feeling has been that if the Red Sox would pick up Hamels’s 2019 option at $20 million, he would waive his no-trade. The five years remaining on Hamels’s deal would be worth $110 million. Would he want an extension beyond that to OK a trade?

The Phillies began their needed offseason rebuild at last week’s Winter Meetings, sending veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers and left-handed setup man Antonio Bastardo to the Pirates. Hamels is by far their best trade chip, both in talent and money due. $110 million over the next five years is a bargain in a market where Jon Lester scored a six-year, $155 million free agent deal and Max Scherzer wants $200 million.

Hamels, 30, posted a 2.46 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 198 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings this past season.

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