On Sunday, the Red Sox were rumored to have an executive in the crowd in Philadelphia to possibly scout out Cole Hamels, who started for the Phillies against the Miami Marlins, according to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston. Edes reports that it was Senior Vice President of Player Personnel, Allard Baird.
On Sunday, Cole Hamels was roughed up for 5 runs on 8 hits in 3 innings, and his last start was even worse—9 runs on 12 hits in 3.1 innings. Aside from his recent struggles, he is owed $70.5 million guaranteed over the next 3 years, plus either a $20 million team option or a $24 million vesting option for 2019, and the Red Sox have been reluctant to make major financial commitment to pitchers over 30 (Hamels in now 31). That was the reason they didn’t bring Jon Lester back after last season.
Cole Hamels has had his ups and downs this season, and to me, he’s not worth what it would cost, both financially and in terms of prospects. Gordon Edes talks about a package deal including the likes of Jackie Bradley Jr, Henry Owens, and Manuel Margot, among others, which would be too much to give up in my opinion.
To me, Hamels is an 11th hour type deal if they can’t get anyone else. If it were me, I would prioritize younger blood – Sonny Gray and Johnny Cueto could both be on the block, and both would be preferable to me, over a guy like Hamels, who could make around $100 million for the next few years, which isn’t worth it in my opinion. He’s had some ups this season, but he’s also had his downs, especially recently, as I mentioned above. We also roughed him up on Opening Day, and I’m going to have to say pass on Hamels unless our options are limited come deadline day. But, we’ll see. The Red Sox might decide to make Hamels a priority, or they might decide to blow it up like last season. It’s still unclear whether they’ll be buyers or sellers at the deadline.