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By Kerry Kauffman, Phillies Correspondent, Tue, Jan 20th 11:19pm EST

While the Philllies have traded Antonio Bastardo, Marlon Byrd and Jimmy Rollins, it appears that ace Cole Hamels will remain with the Phillies. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. doesn't foresee the team being able to make a deal for Hamels. The asking price has been very high and although the Red Sox, Padres, Rangers and Cardinals have shown interest, it appears Hamels will at least start the season in Philadelphia. (Source: Rotoworld.com)

Fantasy Impact: Hamels is under contract for four more seasons, so there is no hurry for the Phillies to move him. Should he remain with the Phillies the entire season, it's likely Hamels will have a low win total and perhaps a sub-.500 record. That wouldn't be because of his pitching performance, but due to the fact the Phillies are rebuilding and haven't addressed their offensive woes. Hamels will be strong in all other areas and should still be one of the better fantasy pitchers in 2015.

By Ryan Devine, Phillies Correspondent, Tue, Jan 13th 1:22pm EST

According to John Heyman, the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies continue to have an open dialogue regarding a possible trade to send Cole Hamels to the Padres. (Source: John Heyman, CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: The Padres continue to shop for pieces to help contend with their NL West rival Dodgers. and acquiring Hamels could be highly beneficial for both members. Over the past three seasons, Hamels has a 2.84 ERA in San Diego, over half a run per game better than his 3.36 ERA at Citizens Bank Park. With so many question marks surrounding pitchers coming off injury, Hamels should already be viewed as a top of the rotation pitcher and a move to San Diego could help to make him a top 5 pitcher in 2015.

By Chris Zolli, Phillies Correspondent, Wed, Dec 31st 11:03am EST

Cole Hamels would be a welcome addition to the thining Yankees rotation. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees are without a stable option in the rotation and Hamels will provide that stability needed. Masahiro Tanaka could be a top-10 SP, but his injury and lack of experience leaves questions, while the rest of the rotation is simply lackluster. Hamels has been in the top 10 of the Cy Young voting in four of his nine MLB seasons and had a stellar 2.46 ERA last year while posting his fifth straight season of 200 or more innings pitched. Hamels is a bonafide top-10 SP and would create one of the best 1-2 punches in the MLB if added with Tanaka in 2015.

By Kerry Kauffman, Phillies Correspondent, Wed, Dec 17th 1:17pm EST

Phillies ace Cole Hamels knows that he's been part of trade rumors for some time. Although he's played his entire career for the Phillies and enjoys playing for the organization, he ultimately wants to play for a winner. Considering the downward spiral the Phillies have taken, with rebuilding clearly in progress, Hamels is unlikely to be with the Phillies come opening day. (Source: CSNPhilly.com)

Fantasy Impact: Hamels has compiled a record of 17-23 over the past two seasons, but has a solid 3.05 ERA over that time with 400 strikeouts and only 381 hits allowed in 424 2/3 innings. Should Hamels be traded to a contender, he should be one of the top pitchers in any draft and expect his win total to increase to the 15-20 game range.

By Ryan Devine, Phillies Correspondent, Wed, Dec 3rd 11:00am EST

USA Today sports journalist Bob Nightengale is reporting that the Phillies have begun building a portfolio on possible trade targets from the Dodgers minor league system for a possible deal involving Cole Hamels. With reports of a deal with Boston falling by the wayside, the Phillies appear to be moving on to the Dodgers, one of the few teams who seem to have enough minor league depth to meet Philadelphia's price tag. (Source: Bob Nightengale)

Fantasy Impact: Last season was arguably Hamels' finest major league campaign despite missing the first few weeks of the season. However, a sub-2.00 ERA in 2014 when pitching away from the cozy confines of Citizens Bank Park along with a significantly upgraded defense in LA suggests a trade to the Dodgers could actually allow Hamels to top his 2014 season. While we are still a few steps away from any trade being made, fantasy owners should be ready to move the former World Series MVP up their draft board if a deal is completed.

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MLB.com | Jan 22nd, 9:01pm
Though James Shields remains a free agent and Cole Hamels still hasn't been traded by the Phillies, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington isn't expecting to make a marquee pitching acquisition before Spring Training.
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RotoBaller | Jan 22nd, 11:30am
At the annual winter banquet hosted by the Phillies’ Double-A affiliate in Reading, PA, General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. provided a big update on the future of the biggest name in this off-season’s trade market, Cole Hamels. “I think Cole Hamels is going to be in our uniform, frankly,” Amaro stated. “I don’t really foresee […]