6th Most Likely Pitcher Traded to the Astros
Jul 10, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
The Hamels situation is crazy right now, he will come to Houston or he will not come to Houston. There is a reason that Hamels and Houston keep on getting linked because the Astros have the prospects and financial room to facilitate a blockbuster trade for Hamels. I recognized this in the offseason and still think that they are a match made in the baseball heaven. However, I don’t think Hamels will end up wearing an Astros uniform. Even though the thought of Hamels on this team is cool because he has been an ace for a while now.
- Signed till at least 2018, so he is not a rental pitcher.
- Cheap ace compared to what the current pitchers are getting.
- Harder throwing left-handed complement to Keuchel
- Averages 9.33 strikeouts per nine innings, from Fangraphs.
- Could rejuvenate his season getting out of Philly.
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- He has struggled recently.
- Has a no-trade clause for the Astros, so Luhnow would have to make an offer he can’t refuse.
- Keeps being reported that he does not want to pitch in Houston.
- With long-term control, it would cost more prospects than a Cueto trade would. If you ask for salary relief, be ready to fork over more prospects.
Prediction: The Astros will pass on him, and he will end up going to the Texas Rangers where he will be a thorn-in-the-side of the Astros for the next three years. The Rangers will lose on the days that Hamels does not pitch because they traded away a lot to get him. Based on my poll, the other bloggers thought he was the 6th likely pitcher traded to the Astros, getting 26 points.
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