It certainly makes sense why the Chicago Cubs want to trade for Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels. If the team wants to improve next season, they need a stellar pitcher to lead the starting rotation. Not to mention, the young, talented positional players will go to waste without the proper starting pitchers to go along with them. Unfortunately, it appears the Cubs are unlikely to complete the trade for Hamels for various reasons.
Chicago made it known they were interested in Hamels when they claimed him on revocable waivers, which gave them the opportunity to put in a bid to trade. However, that does not mean they have to go through with whatever they plan to offer. It was more or less to keep the window of opportunity open. That window will close today, which means the Cubs have only a few hours to make a decision.
The biggest reason why Chicago will not deal for Hamels is because they do not want to give up any of their promising prospects to get him. To do all of the work of trading Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel, Emilio Bonificaio and others only to turn around and trade away those prospects would be foolish.
The Cubs are far more interested in acquiring a top starting pitcher via free agency, which makes way more sense for an organization that is trying to build while keeping the farm system intact. Chicago is hoping that consecutive seasons of horrible losing records will finally pay off when they attack free agency this winter. Do not be surprised if the Cubs bring in some big-named starting pitchers, such as Jon Lester or Max Scherzer.
Fans in Chicago have suffered for several years. The good news is the light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer as the Cubs are prepared to make some big noise in the offseason to set themselves up to be competitive next season.