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Philadelphia Phillies Rumors: Washington Nationals May Gain Cole Hamels in Trade

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies are going to be in full-on sell mode — or at least the team should be this July as it looks to rebuild, starting with trading its top stars for some prospects for the future. However, if the Phillies are not satisfied with waiting until 2017 or 2018 to be fairly decent, trading Cole Hamels to the Washington Nationals could be Philadelphia’s best bet.

Washington is not only looking to trade some young stars like Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond, but the Nationals are also willing to trade prospects like catcher Sandy Leon, infielder Zach Waters and outfielder Steven Souza. All three players are considered to be big league-ready and could immediately see time in the majors this season or at the beginning of the 2015 season.

Even better, the Nationals are one of the 10 teams the Phillies can trade Hamels to without his consent. Other teams include the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. An impatient Philadelphia team may be willing to hear an offer from the Nationals if the team wants to trade Hamels within the division.

Philadelphia boasts a 38-51 record, but Hamels is putting together a solid year. With a 2.87 ERA, 101 strikeouts and a 3.14 FIP, teams should be lining up to add Hamels for a potential playoff push.

Because of Washington’s depth, Hamels could be pitching for the Nationals come September and October.

Ryan Gaydos is a columnist for RantSports.com. He comments on the latest Philadelphia Phillies rumors. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.