According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal pursuing a trade for Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels is likely the "Plan B" for the Red Sox if they are unable to sign free agent left-hander Jon Lester.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported about two weeks ago that the Red Sox "have had the most serious talks" with the Phillies regarding a trade for Hamels.  Furthermore, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported a few weeks ago that the Red Sox had already rejected a couple of trade proposals from the Phillies, but the dynamic has changed now that the Sox have signed both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval.

Something to keep an eye on...

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