Cole Hamels for Yasiel Puig? It’s Out There
Whenever a Cole Hamels trade is mentioned, the thought has been he'll cost you your top 2-3 prospects in your organization.
There could be another route to go, however.
According to The Boston Globe, the speculation is there that a Hamels for Yasiel Puig trade is a possibility.
This time last season Puig was considered an untouchable asset on the Dodgers, but tensions in the clubhouse and falling out of fan favor could have him traded by July 31st.
This off season the Dodgers were able to rid themselves of perceived locker room problems in Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez, Puig could be added to the list.
Reports have the Dodgers interested in Hamels, but they are said to be unwilling to include some of their top prospects in Corey Seager and Julio Urias. The addition of Puig will make things interesting for the Phillies as their outfield sorely lacks any power and run producing capability.
Here's the blurb from The Boston Globe:
"The noise is growing louder on Puig and his low favorability among teammates, according to a major league source. The Dodgers were able to purge their team of Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp and are better for it. Is Puig next? Where Puig used to be untouchable because of his tremendous ability, the Dodgers don’t seem to feel that way now. Would they move him for a pitcher? And would the Phillies take him in a Cole Hamels package?"
Do the Dodgers really want to trade Puig?
The team doesnt expect to be in contention until at least 2020 and Puig is only under team control until 2019 and has $25 million remaining on his contract.
The MLB trade deadline is July 31st.