Report: Hamels to Cardinals possible only if Martinez is involved
Based on a report from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, it appears to be a matter of when, not if, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels is traded.
"I just want to win," Hamels told Nightengale. "And I know that’s not going to happen here. This isn’t what I expected. It’s not what the Phillies expected, either. But it’s reality."
Nightengale cites four potential landing spots for the three-time All-Star, including the St. Louis Cardinals.
"The Phillies keep shopping Hamels, and have had plenty of talks … but continue to await an acceptable proposal," he writes. "The Phillies won’t listen to the St. Louis Cardinals unless pitcher Carlos Martinez is in a deal."
Hamels, 31, went 9-9 with a career-best 2.46 ERA and 59 strikeouts over 30 starts in 2014. For his career, he is 108-83 with a 3.27 ERA. The eight-year veteran has made 30 postseason starts, five of which came during the Phillies’ world championship run in 2008.
"I want to go to a place where I can win again," Hamels said. "It’s not like I’m a hired gun. I’ve got four or five years left on my contract. I want to help that team win just like I did here."
Hamels still has four years and $94 million left on his current contract, with a fifth-year option that’s worth up to $24 million. His deal does include a 20-team no-trade list, although the Phillies can send him to the New York Yankees or Texas Rangers without his consent.
Nightengale notes that Hamels "loves St. Louis." His wife, Heidi, grew up in Jefferson City and attended Drury University in Springfield.