Late Wednesday night, a rumor was starting to build that the Philadelphia Phillies have put ace Cole Hamels on revocable waivers, and one team has put in a claim on the left-handed pitcher. That right there is news that the Phillies may finally be ready to move out some pieces to begin the rebuilding process. But the potential eyebrow-raising piece of information is that the lone team in on Hamels just may be the Chicago Cubs.
Earlier in the day, the Cubs also put in a claim on Miami Marlins pitcher Jacob Turner. However, adding Hamels to the front of the starting staff in Chicago would be monumental. In Chicago, Hamels just may have a young offense ready to provide him run support on a consistent basis. This is a move that would make the Cubs major players within the NL next season.
If this is true, the Phillies now have 48 hours to pull back Hamels from waivers or perhaps strike up a deal for the lefty. The Cubs are one team that is loaded with offensive prospects. Philly has been looking for young players in return to begin the remolding of their aging lineup. This is something that just may be possible between these two clubs.
Chicago also has the money that can take on Hamels’ contract and make him their ace for the next several seasons. He would be the guy to lead the revival of the Cubs’ youth movement on the North side. With Jimmy Rollins‘ future in Philly in limbo, how about a possible Addison Russell for Hamels deal?
Whether or not this deal happens, the Cubs appear to be revving up the engines to make their move into position. Chicago is putting it out there that they are serious about retooling the starting rotation to go along with the kids. They are like a small cavalry in the game Risk that is starting to go into battle and invade the other countries. Chicago is awakening, and the rest of the league better be on alert.
Nick Schaeflein is a Chicago Cubs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.