Astros, Rangers, Giants make push for Hamels; Rox may move CarGo next
By Andrew Simon
The Blue Jays pulled off the biggest surprise of the Trade Deadline season late Monday night, when news surfaced of a deal with the Rockies for star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The trade, officially announced Tuesday morning, will bring Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins to Toronto for shortstop Jose Reyes and three right-handed pitching prospects.
But there is plenty of time remaining for more bombshells to drop before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Deadline. Here is a look at the latest news and rumors.
Yet those aren't the biggest names being connected to the Astros, with ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reporting that the club is "making a big push" for Phillies ace Cole Hamels. However, Houston is one of the teams covered by Hamels' no-trade clause, meaning such a deal would require his approval.
• When it comes to Hamels, there is heavy competition. According to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, "industry perception" still puts the Rangers -- who are not on Hamels' no-trade list -- in the lead, ahead of the Dodgers. And the Giants, also on the blocked list, are making their own "strong push" for Hamels, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.
• The bidding for the left-hander is getting into its final stages, with ESPN.com reporting that the Phillies have told interested teams to submit their "best" offer by Wednesday. Hamels, who threw a no-hitter against the Cubs in his last outing, is scheduled to start on Thursday against the Braves.
• While it would seem logical for the Rockies to flip Reyes to a contender, Sherman reported that the club does not have a plan in place to do so. Meanwhile, multiple reports have indicated that the Mets do not have interest in a reunion with Reyes, who is 32 and owed at least $48 million after the end of this season.
• In the aftermath of the Tulowitzki deal, the next player on the block in Colorado is outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, according to CBSSports.com, which lists the Mets, Angels and Orioles as possible landing spots. Gonzalez happens to be hot at the moment, going 14-for-26 with seven homers and 15 RBIs over his last six games.