As per MLB trade rumours the Toronto Blue Jays were reportedly in discussions with the Philadelphia Phillies and inquired about left handed ace Cole Hamels at some point.
4:10pm: A few weeks ago the Phillies called around to suggest they might be open to discussing trades involving Hamels and Victorino, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports (Twitter links). One executive says teams wouldn’t have wanted to approach the Phillies about their star players at this time because it could be perceived as an insult.
8:04am: In anticipation of possible midseason trades, the Blue Jays have asked the Phillies about left-hander Cole Hamels and center fielder Shane Victorino, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Though GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has said the Phillies could become sellers and Hamels and Victorino are on track for free agency this offseason, no deal is close or likely.
Analysis: What team wouldn’t be interested in Cole Hamels, one of the best left handed starters in baseball? I imagine that Alex Anthopoulos has his hand in many discussions at all points during thet season and offseason. If the Phillies are out of it and they decide Hamels cannot be re-signed prior to the trade deadline I would imagine a lot of teams would come calling.
The Blue Jays have a deep farm system and the Phillies have been known to covet top catching prospect Travis D’Arnaud, whom they reluctantly parted with in the Roy Halladay trade. Not saying this has been specifically discussed but the Jays have the prospects to acquire probably any available player in baseball.