The Boston Red Sox have reportedly opened up their wallets to sign free agents Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Their offense is set but they need rotation help. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports the Red Sox are interested in Phillies starter Cole Hamels but are also pursuing free agent lefty Jon Lester.
Fox Sports' Jeff Passan reports "Phillies are confident that if Red Sox don't get Jon Lester, Boston's desire for an ace will make a Cole Hamels trade very likely."
Hamels, 30, went 9-9 with a career-best 2.46 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 30 starts for the Phillies last season. In nine seasons with the Phillies, Hamels is 108-83 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 275 starts for Philadelphia.
Hamels still has four years and $90 million remaining on his contract with a $20 million team option and a $24 million vesting option for 2019.
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