Any teams hoping to land Cole Hamels before the trade deadline might want to get their bid in soon.
Of course, there's been plenty of interest in the ace left-hander. The list of teams the Phillies are known to have had talks with includes the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. However, sources said the Phillies were the one to initiate talks with several of those teams.
The Giants are falling back in the race for Hamels' services, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweets, citing a source. And the Red Sox appear unlikely to land the left-hander due to his no-trade clause, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports, citing a source.
A deal isn't likely to get done until either Thursday or Friday, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com tweets.
Hamels' scheduled start for Philadelphia this Thursday was pushed back to Friday, the day of the deadline. If the 31-year-old isn't traded by 4 p.m. that day, he'll take the mound at home against the Atlanta Braves at 7:05 p.m..
With two days remaining until the deadline, deals are being made, and the rumor mill is swirling at full pace. Here's a look at some of the top rumblings making their way around the league today:
Aroldis Chapman: The Cincinnati Reds are currently examining offers for their closer, Buster Olney of ESPN.com tweets. Although Chapman's name has come up in rumors for weeks now, Olney says there is "no sense yet of whether [the Reds] are devoted to finishing a deal the way they did with [Johnny] Cueto." With the reliever market already losing two top names in Tyler Clippard and Jonathan Papelbon, Chapman and San Diego Padres' closer Craig Kimbrel figure to attract plenty of attention in the coming days. Cincinnati will likely be looking for a significant return for Chapman, who isn't eligible for free agency until 2017 and has four consecutive All-Star appearances to his credit.
Jesse Chavez: Although the Oakland Athletics have already traded several players, don't expect them to deal Chavez, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com tweets. A's general manager Billy Beane told reporters Tuesday that the team is hoping to avoid trading players that are under control beyond this season. Chavez fits that mold, as he isn't set to hit free agency until 2017. Given that, his 3.45 ERA this season and his relatively low salary ($2.15 million), the 31-year-old would have some serious value on the trade market.
David Price: There's a better chance that the Detroit Tigers would deal their left-handed ace over the Chicago White Sox dealing right-hander Jeff Samardzija, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports believes (tweet). The trade status of both frontline starters has been up in the air the past several days given each team's position in the wild-card standings. Chicago is 3 1/2 games back after winning six straight, while Detroit is 4 1/2 games out and has lost three in a row. Needless to say, the entire complexion of the starting pitcher market changes if either of these two are truly made available.
Rangers: General manager Jon Daniels said the team is out of the running for any top-end rental players, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweets. The list of rental players is topped by the two names we just addressed above -- Price and Samardzija. The Rangers are five games back in the wild-card standings and appear to be aiming to make a move that will help them both this year and beyond. That definitely doesn't rule out Hamels, who the team has been often linked to, seeing as he is under contract for several more seasons. In a separate tweet, Wilson says the Rangers have talked to the Padres regarding Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner.
Carlos Gomez: The Milwaukee Brewers are reluctant to deal their star center fielder, Rosenthal hears from a rival executive (tweet). The executive tells Rosenthal that the asking price for Gomez has been "very high" and that Milwaukee is hoping to get blown away by an offer. The Brewers are clearly sellers at this year's deadline, however, they don't have any truly valuable pieces to deal besides Gomez. The 29-year-old is signed to an inexpensive deal through 2016 and could be Milwaukee's only chance at landing an elite prospect in a trade.
Jim Johnson: The Braves reliever is drawing lots of interest as the deadline nears, Crasnick tweets. Given his low salary and experience in high-leverage situations, Johnson makes sense as a trade target for many teams that are looking for upgrades in that department. The Pittsburgh Pirates may be interested in adding to their pen, Tom Singer of MLB.com writes. In addition, the Los Angeles Angels are looking for relief help, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com tweets.