Phillies still expect big return in potential Hamels trade

Phillies still expect big return in potential Hamels trade

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies placed a premium price on Cole Hamels before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline and that price has not changed.

The Cubs recently claimed Hamels on revocable waivers, according to 97.5 The Fanatic. The Cubs and Phillies have 48 hours to complete a trade or the Phillies will remove Hamels from waivers. But the only way the teams strike a deal is if the Cubs meet the Phillies' demand for multiple top-tier prospects, which actually is something the Cubs have following the haul they received in July for Jeff Samardzija.

But the Cubs might be unwilling to match that price right now, although they are searching for a top-tier starting pitcher. Hamels is attractive to Chicago because he is an ace and is signed through 2018 with a 2019 club option. He is owed $96 million beginning next season, which is less than the Cubs would pay an ace if they found one on the free-agent market.

A deal seems unlikely, though the Phillies and Cubs seem to match up well. But if the Phillies truly are open to trading Hamels, they certainly can wait until the offseason to involve the league's other 28 teams.

The Cubs also reportedly are not on Hamels' no-trade list, so he could be dealt there without his approval.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.