By Harry Allison
Another day, another set of Cole Hamels rumors.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Jon Heyman, there is a new leader in the clubhouse to land the 2008 World Series MVP:
“A lot can change before Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline, but the Rangers and Dodgers are still seen as the biggest players in the Cole Hamels derby, according to sources.
“Texas may have a slight advantage at the moment, but people connected to the Rangers don’t seem overly confident they will land the ace left-hander.
“The Phillies have focused on catcher Jorge Alfaro and outfielder Nomar Mazara in talks with Texas, and are said to want to receive one or the other back in any Hamels talk. The Dodgers have been steadfast in their refusal to part with top shortstop Corey Seager and top young lefty Julio Urias in any talks, which has been a sticking point in discussions on several ace pitchers.
“There was a suggestion within the last couple days the Rangers, too, would draw a line in the sand regarding its top prospects. But it isn’t known how willing it is to include Alfaro or Mazara at this point.”