The Red Sox are on CBS Sports' Jon Heyman's list of potential Hamels suitors. Here's who the Phillies could get in exchange:
Red Sox acquire: Cole Hamels
Phillies acquire: OF Daniel Nava, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, SS Jose Iglesias, C Blake Swihart
Red Sox FC Douglas Sibor’s perspective:
The Boston Red Sox have a huge problem: They’re paying “ace” money to Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and John Lackey, but none of these pitchers is actually a bona-fide front-of-the-rotation stopper. Hamels solves that problem both now and going forward.
Because of the left-hander’s impending free agency, the Sox would likely need to have a contract extension in place in order to consummate this deal. However, if they can secure Hamels’ services for many years to come, it would be worth the hefty price tag.
Nava, while a great story, is expendable given the wealth of talented outfield prospects the Sox have in addition to the players already entrenched on the big league roster. Ranaudo has a great arm but has struggled with a forearm injury and ineffectiveness this year. Iglesias and Swihart are big time talents, but the Sox have more highly regarded prospects at the same positions.
Ultimately, the steep price is worth it if the Sox can acquire the ace pitcher they have so sorely lacked in recent seasons.
This would be a generous offer for Hamels, as far as the number of prospects and their potential. But the deal would need some adjustments in order for the Phillies to choose it as their best option.
However, this deal does touch on areas that the Phillies would ideally like to hit on if they trade Hamels.
Nava is an affordable outfielder who has posted average numbers in limited playing time this season, and he's also a left fielder, a position of need for the Phillies long-term. Nava would add depth to the outfield, but he is not the long-term answer.
Ranaudo’s injury could scare off the Phils, although a pitching prospect that can move through the minors quickly would be intriguing.
If Iglesias, who is batting .255 at Triple-A, were to be swapped with Xander Bogaerts, the Phillies' interest could be enhanced. And with Sebastian Valle in the fold, catcher is not likely a position that the Phils would target.
As Corey Seidman recently wrote on CSNPhilly.com, outfielder Bryce Brentz could be the player the Phillies ask for in a deal with the Red Sox. Even though he's a rental, the Phillies will ask for at least one elite ranking prospect in return for Hamels.
Boston is sitting far back in the AL East race, but is right in the thick of things in the wild card standings. With a starting rotation whose 4.71 ERA ranks as the fourth lowest in the AL, Hamels would greatly increase the Red Sox's chances of sealing a playoff spot.
Chances this deal gets done
Not likely. Although these four players play positions that the Phillies could target, the team would likely ask for players who are both close to being ready for the major leagues, and who have provided a bit more consistency during their minor league career.