Cole Hamels says trade to Phillies would be a ‘blessing’
Cole Hamels would view a return to the Philadelphia Phillies as a “blessing” if the Texas Rangers elect to trade him ahead of the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
The opportunity for Hamels to return to where his big-league career all began — not to mention joining a postseason contender — would be a welcome change.
“If something like that does happen, I think it would be a blessing,” Hamels told Philly.com, via SportsDay. “You do look back. And Philly has a great group of guys that they’re bringing up and the future of a world championship team. You just have to give it to them and give them their space.
“If it happens, it happens. But I can’t wish or long for something like that because I’m still trying to figure out how to pitch well in five days, six days.”
The Rangers (41-56) occupy the cellar in the AL West by a wide margin, so the belief is the organization will attempt to sell out its most-prized asset which includes Hamels, as well as Adrian Beltre and Jake Diekman. The Phillies (53-42), meanwhile, are the surprise team in the NL East, leading the division by a half-game.
Hamels debuted with the Phillies in 2005 and played a huge role in the team’s 2008 World Series championship. A deadline deal in 2015 shipped him to the Rangers.
Another attractive aspect of a possible return to the Philadelphia area is how Hamels still has a home outside of Philadelphia, where his children attend a private school.
Hamels’ exodus out of Arlington by no means is a certainty. The Rangers, while listening to offers, are said to be “keeping an open mind” as the deadline approaches. Hamels, 34, has posted a 5-8 record with a 4.36 ERA in 19 starts this season.