San Diego Padres rumored to be ‘flipping’ Wil Myers for Cole Hamels

  • David Whitlock

Just when you think the San Diego Padres must be done with their extreme franchise makeover, it turns out they might not be done yet.  Philly.com reporter Ryan Lawrence that the Padres are rumored to be pursuing prized left hand pitcher Southern California born Cole Hamels via trade for one of the main prizes of a recent trade.

The Padres have had discussions about trading for San Diego native Cole Hamels with new outfielder Wil Myers as potential bait, according to a baseball source.

The Padres have been baseball’s busiest team since the Winter Meetings ended in San Diego earlier this month, acquiring three starting outfielders (Myers, Matt Kemp, Justin Upton) a starting catcher (Derek Norris) and a potential starting third baseman, too (Will Middlebrooks) through a series of trades in the last week.

As a rule, the Phillies front office does not discuss possible trades or free agents signings through the media.

By trading for two All-Stars and former Top 5 MVP finishers in Upton and Kemp to go with the 2013 American League Rookie of the year, the Padres are poised to deal outfielders, including the four regulars in 2014 (Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, Seth Smith, and Will Venable).  If they could land a front end of the rotation pitcher, it would make more sense in their pitcher-friendly Petco Park.  Hamels was even part of a combined no-hitter on Labor Day in 2014.

Cole Hamels could be headed back to Southern California soon Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Cole Hamels could be headed back to Southern California soon
Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile the Philadelphia Phillies are listening to all offers for their talent, having finished a disappointing last in 2014 with the highest payroll and oldest roster.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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