Saturday, Cole Hamels showed what he is capable of by throwing the first no-hitter at Wrigley since 1972. a game the Cubs won. The last time the Cubs have been the victims of a no-no was September 5, 1965, against the Dodgers. Sandy Koufax pitched that one.
While this is phenomenal, it led to more trade talk and rumors. The serious contenders for Hamels are the Rangers and the Dodgers, and more teams join the rumor mill, according to ESPN .
Hamels would be wasted in Texas. The Rangers are not likely to get into the playoffs this year. Also, some of the injured pitchers are back (Matt Harrison) or are coming back (Derek Holland). The Rangers also won’t have the money to do a big new contract for Hamels when his current contract is up. We have lots of young talent in the minors. There is no place for Hamels.
The Dodgers on the other hand are in a key position to make it to the playoffs, and they need some more starting pitching. The addition of Hamels would solidify the rotation for the Dodgers, who lost Brandon McCarthy this year. I think also that for next year, they would be interested in a contract with Hamels.
July 31 is the trade deadline and rumors are running rapid. Miss Baseball had to answer some Texas Ranger fans’ queries about whether Cole Hamels was really in talks with the team. The story popped up and then faded away. This showed me there was no real talk about it.
Then there was this article from Fox: Cole Hamels open to all trades. To quote Hamels:
“I have not been approached,” Hamels said about accepting a potential trade, via CSN Philly. “When I’m approached, then I can make a decision and provide an answer about a team. But I’m open-minded on everybody and everything.”
Reports were that he turned down trades to the Toronto Blue Jays and the Houston Astros. Rumors were that he had waived his no-trade clause for the New York Yankees and the Rangers, but according to Hamels, that was just scuttlebutt.
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The Yankees and Blue Jays could sure use his help. He could also solidify a surprisingly good Astros team.
We will have to wait to see if the Rangers throw their hat into the ring, so to say, but Miss Baseball has been very impressed with the Rangers thus far, and some of our regular pitchers are coming back from injury. So I don’t see a Ranger need for a pitcher. Sorry, no Cole Hamels, as of right now.