Report: Blue Jays Inquired About Cole Hamels
According to CBS Sports' MLB insider Jon Heyman the Blue Jays inquired on Cole Hamels but were told the lefty would not waive his no-trade clause to go to Toronto.
"I was told that was not going to happen," ESPN.com senior baseball writer Jayson Stark told me on the Sports Bash on Friday.
The Blue Jays are one of 20 clubs on the left-hander's limited no-trade list.
While Hamels could always change his mind, the trade season could begin to heat up for him, going 4-3 and bringing his ERA down to 3.24 with a 1.18 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings.
So is the deal out there the Phillies are looking for?
Stark said he isn't so sure.
"I don't think the deal they are looking to make is out there for Hamels," Stark said.
(Listen to The Stark Report with Jayson Stark on the Sports Bash with Mike Gill)
As Heyman points out:
According to sources, the Blue Jays inquired about Cole Hamels but were told Hamels would not waive his 20-team no-trade clause to go to Toronto, as is his right (Hamels, meantime, has handled things professionally; he hasn't complained and generally pitched well for the non-contending Phillies). That Hamels call was a blow to the Phillies, who likely saw Toronto, with all its young pitching talent (Aaron Sanchez, Daniel Norris, etc.) as a potential landing spot,