Would the Phillies trade Cole Hamels to the Cubs?

Would the Phillies trade Cole Hamels to the Cubs?
August 7, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Tony Andracki

The Cubs turned some heads Wednesday night by placing a wavier claim on Phillies ace Cole Hamels.

Hamels, 30, ranks sixth in Major League Baseball with a 2.42 ERA and is 105-80 with a 3.30 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in his nine-year career with the Phillies.

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The Cubs need frontline pitching to match up with all their position prospects, so it makes sense as to why they'd be interested in Hamels.

The Phillies can pull Hamels off waivers if they can't reach a deal with the Cubs, so there isn't too much pressure on Philadelphia to trade their ace.

Howard Eskin, the sports director for WTXF-TV in Philadelphia, joined the Kap and Haugh Show to talk about the likelihood of a deal.

"They don't want to trade Cole Hamels," Eskin said. "They put everybody on waivers...It's a formality. Would they be willing to do it for a fair deal? No. They'd be willing to do it for a deal that is absolutely so unfair to the Chicago Cubs. That's the only way they'd do it."

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So unfair like asking for Addison Russell, Kris Bryant or any of the other top prospects the Cubs have to offer?

Hamels turns 31 in December and is set to make $22.5 million per season through 2018 and his contract comes with a team option for 2019.