A ‘Sleeper Team’ has Emerged to Land Cole Hamels
But where will he land? The Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres and Rangers have all shown interest - but now a 'sleeper team' has emerged. As Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports the Houston Astros are that "sleeper team" when it comes to a potential landing spot for Hamels.
While the Astros have focused on their bullpen this off season they could use some help in the starting rotation - adding Hamels could be that help they are looking for. Hamels has a no-trade list and it's unclear if Houston is on it, so it's possible they'd have to agree to pick up his $20 million option for 2019 in order to make a deal work - much like some of the other teams must do for him to agree to a deal.
Hamels, 30, posted a 2.46 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 198 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings this past season and has