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.