Cole Hamels to the Boston Red Sox: A Trade That Makes Sense for Both Teams

The Philadelphia Phillies likely won’t be able to re-sign Cole Hamels after the season, which means the team should try to trade him before the All-Star break to get what they can for him.

Hamels has been heavily linked to go to both the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees, but the Boston Red Sox should be seen as in the mix too. The Red Sox are vastly underachieving this season and they lack solid starting pitchers. Jon Lester is having a subpar season, John Lackey is out for the year, Daisuke Matsuzaka is gone after 2012, and Clay Buchholz has been downright awful.

This would give the Red Sox the following rotation for 2013 – Hamels, Lester, Lackey, Buchholz, and Josh Beckett. Daniel Bard could move back to the bullpen and the Red Sox would be a serious threat for the division in 2013.

Meanwhile, the Phillies desperately need a third baseman with Placido Polanco hitting free agency after the year (he does have an option but I doubt the team renews it for $5.5 million). Will Middlebrooks would be a tremendous fit at the hot corner, as he’s a 23-year old right-handed hitter and a lot of potential. He is batting .298 with 10 home runs and a .537 slugging percentage this season. Compare that to the Phillies, who rank 26th in the league in slugging percentage among third basemen.

Middlebrooks isn’t nearly enough for the Red Sox to give up to get a fabulous pitcher in Hamels, even if Hamels does hit free agency after the season. Their top shortstop in the organization is Xander Bogaerts, a 19-year old player tearing up high-A ball to the rate of a .285 batting average, 12 home runs, and .845 OPS so far. Throw in a mid-level prospect around the Double-A level and I think you have a fair trade for both teams.

The Red Sox get their best pitcher since Pedro Martinez and the Phillies get the third baseman they’ve needed since Scott Rolen left and two solid to very good prospects for their system.

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  • stephen

    sorry but no way will the sox trade middlebrooks and they’ve learned from dice-k and lackey about long term deals and hammels wants a cc like trade so this likely wont happen especially cause he’s already 28. I see a trade for Felix Hernandez or grienke much more likely given felix’s only 26 and grienke is 28 too but they are still improving while hammels i see as a player more like becket. he is the odd one out in this one plus if you were to trade with the brewers or mariners you are less likely to have to give up a lot of good players that can play right now. the phillies would be looking for players who can help them get better now rather than prospects for the future while the brewers and mariners may want prospects.