The Phillies need starting pitchers and Cole Hamels needs a job.
It sure seems like an obvious fit.
“I know Philly is finally trying to make that push,” Hamels told MLB.com this week. “They’re building their roster. If I fit on their roster and their plans, I’d love the opportunity to come back. It’s probably more on their end, though, to reach out and see if I actually do fit in their plans. It would be difficult for me to say, ‘Hey, I want to play there, can you guys make it happen?’ But I’m always willing to play for that team and city and attempt to win a World Series. That’s where I am right now. I just want to have the opportunity to get to the postseason, just so that I can try to win.”
Hamels, 35, means it, too. He is a free agent for the first time in his career following the final season of a seven-year, $158 million contract, which he originally signed with the Phillies in July 2012. Hamels said he is willing to sign a one-year contract to join a team that has a shot to put another championship ring on his finger. The Cubs declined to make him a qualifying offer by Monday's deadline, which means there are no strings attached -- no team will have to forfeit a Draft pick to sign him.