The San Diego Padres are one of several teams in the discussion with Philadelphia Phillies about acquiring former Rancho Bernardo standout left handed pitcher , and 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels, according to a report from CBS Sports.
Hamels, 31, has compiled a 108-83 record with a 3,27 ERA in his nine-year career, all with Philadelphia, and has been to three All-Star games.
First-year General Manager A.J. Preller has had a busy offseason acquiring names like outfielders Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers, while keeping together the Padres top trio of prospects (catcher Austin Hedges, right-handed pitcher Matt Wisler and outfielder Hunter Renfroe).
According to CBS Sports the Padres are not interested in trading the newly acquired Myers, who the Phillies asked for, so Preller will more than likely have to surrender one, if not two, of his top prospects.
At the moment, the Padres have a strong trio of pitchers atop their rotation with right-handers Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross and Ian Kennedy, and have right-handers Odrisamer Despaigne, Brandon Morrow, Josh Johnson, Brandon Maurer and left-hander Robbie Erlin all vying for the final two spots.