Cafardo reported that all of the above teams are in pursuit of the thirty year old Phillies ace, as well as a surprising sleeper team in the Astros. The Astros, in attempt of a big offseason have been much more active than previous years, and have signed Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek and have shown interest in big-ticket names such as David Robertson and Andrew Miller.
Last season with the Philadelphia Phillies, he was 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA, pitching 204.2 innings.
Hamels has a partial no-trade clause, but if the Red Sox were to pick up his 2019 option worth $20 million, he would supposedly waive the clause. Hamels is currently under contract for the next four years, one worth $94 million.
Hamels is one of the three remaining aces on the market, alongside James Shields and Max Scherzer, making his value skyrocket.
Over 9 years in Philadelphia, he is 108-83 with a 3.27 ERA, and has pitched 1801.1 innings.