As the MLB trade deadline nears, the San Francisco Giants are joining multiple other teams in the chase for disgruntled Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. The Giants are just one of the teams reportedly interested in acquiring the star pitcher along with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers, among other MLB teams.
Fox Sports reported the development on Twitter but reiterated the two teams from Los Angeles and Texas remain the favorites to land Hamels.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2015
Another tweet indicated Philadelphia scout Charley Kerfeld was seen watching the Rangers’ Double A affiliate, Frisco RoughRiders on Tuesday. Hamels, who had a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs during the weekend, demanded a trade to a contender earlier in the season. However, he has a no-trade clause to certain teams, which limits the Phillies’ options.
Philadelphia currently holds the worst record in the league, 37-63. The Rangers are also struggling with a 47-51 win-loss record but the Dodgers are at the top of the West Division of the National League, 56-44.