Trade likelihood: 100%
This one should come as little to no surprise to attentive Rangers’ fans. Cole Hamels is by far the best pitcher on the staff and probably the player with the most trade value on the roster. He is a proven left-handed pitcher that could help a number of teams by providing talent and leadership. He is an outstanding option for teams that are looking to add depth to their rotation as the year shortens.
Hamels is under contract through next season; however, 2019 is a team option. He will also have the power to veto trades. Despite the power, the former World Series champion and World Series MVP shouldn’t be too particular if given the opportunity to join a contender.
Although he is in his age 34 season, he has seen very little drop-off in talent. His 3-6 record does not speak fairly to his 3.69 ERA in 2018. Hamels won’t be the ace for any team that is flirting with the playoffs, but he will surely fit into the middle of most rotations.
As long as the lefty stays healthy and keeps putting forth quality efforts, the Rangers should have no trouble moving him. Though, if they want any significant return, Texas may be wise to add another name to the trade. A deal parallel to the one in which the Philadelphia Phillies sent Hamels and Jake Diekman to the Rangers, for instance.
Obviously, each has lost value of the last four years. Still, they carry significant value.