Red Sox trade rumors indicate the team is very interested in a Cole Hamels deal. These Boston Red Sox trade rumors indicate the Philadelphia Phillies have also sent scouts to Fenway Park to watch nearly the entire roster of the opposition play. According to a report from CSN Philly on Tuesday (Aug. 12), it has also been confirmed that the Chicago Cubs and Phillies could not come to terms on a deal for Hamels. This means he could remain with his current team until the offseason begins.
Since Hamels was claimed by the Cubs on waivers, that is the only team that the Phillies can deal with before the offseason. It prolongs any potential negotiations between the Phillies and the Red Sox, but it certainly doesn't rule out a trade taking place in the winter. The teams match up pretty well on paper, as the Phillies need to get a lot younger in the short-term and the Red Sox recently traded away most of their starting pitching. The delay might pound this story into the ground at some point though.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe stated that the Phillies have been scouting Red Sox players for the past two weeks. He goes on to state that, "Don’t think in 30 years of covering baseball I've ever seen a team (the Phillies) spend so much time scouting another team (the Red Sox) and not pull the trigger on a deal. Even after the trade deadline, the Phillies have had a scout in Boston, St. Louis, and Anaheim watching Boston’s young players." This all indicates heavy interest.
It looks like these Boston Red Sox trade rumors could definitely turn into something when the offseason hits, especially since the team won't mind taking on the contract of Cole Hamels. He is due $96 million over the next four seasons, meaning he would likely be a bargain compared to re-signing Jon Lester or going after free agent Max Scherzer. It is expected that both pitchers could command north of $150 million when the bidding begins. As for the Phillies, they seem to have interest in Xander Bogaerts, centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., and catcher Christian Vasquez.