D-Backs Express Interest In Coveted Hamels

With names like Cueto, Victorino and Clippard finding new residences, MLB trade activity is heating up.

With the D-Backs sitting at 46-51, 8.5 games out of the division lead and 7.5 games out of the wild card, there were plenty of questions as to whether they would be buyers or sellers as the trade deadline approached.

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Arizona is a buyer when it comes to one ace in particular: Cole Hamels.

The Phillies southpaw, who is coming off of a no-hitter in his last start, has been rumored to many teams looking to shore up their rotation.

There are plenty of questions that loom around this potential deal: what sort of package could the D-Backs offer the Phillies, and could it be better than what the division rival Dodgers have to offer? Is Hamels even interested in coming to the desert?

The answer right now seems to be no.

A lot can change as we get closer to the deadline, though.

Hamels may want to take a look at Arizona, where he has found success.  Even with Chase Field’s reputation of a “hitter’s ballpark”, Hamels has stifled the Arizona bats when he comes to town.

So there is still plenty that needs to be figured out before the July 31st deadline, but after a weekend where one dominant lefty made his way to the Hall of Fame, it’s fitting the D-Backs are putting feelers out to get another.