Reports: Hamels would block trade to Astros, waive no-trade clause for Yankees
If the Philadelphia Phillies wind up trading ace Cole Hamels, it doesn’t appear as if it will involve the Houston Astros.
On Monday, word spread on social media that Hamels, whose contract with the Phillies gives him the right to block trades to several teams, would block a deal with the Astros. From Daniel Gotera of KHOU:
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— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) June 22, 2015
Separately a report by the New York Post says Hamels would waive his no-trade clause if the Phillies and Yankees agree to a deal.
Hamels’ name has been floating around for a while, with the Phillies in a rebuild year and several teams — Houston included — looking for rotation help. He’d have been a stellar addition to the top of the Astros’ rotation behind Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh, but for now it doesn’t appear as if it will come to fruition.
With Hamels (presumably) out of the picture, Houston could always turn its trade focus to other pitchers on the trade market, the likes of which may include Scott Kazmir of the Oakland Athletics (who is a Houston native himself). If A’s general manager Billy Beane decides to sell off assets, Kazmir could be the first to go considering his contract expires after the 2015 season.
For comparison’s sake, in 2015 Hamels is 5-5 with a 2.96 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 14 starts, while Kazmir is 4-4 with a 2.70 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 14 starts.