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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.

Cole Hamels News & Advice

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Rotoworld | Dec 21st, 10:11pm
Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News reports that the Padres have had discussions with the Phillies regarding Cole Hamels.
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MLB.com | Dec 20th, 2:49pm
There's plenty of speculation that the Phillies could soon trade perennial Cy Young candidate Cole Hamels. MLB.com's Jim Duquette gives his take on five teams that have the prospects, the money and the need for Hamels, as well as what it would take to swing a trade and the odds of it happening.
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MLB.com | Dec 17th, 9:50pm
Is Cole Hamels the next Phillies player to be traded? Hamels would not mind following Jimmy Rollins to a winner, considering the circumstances.