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Olney: Hamels could be in play for Red Sox

Cole Hamels had a 2.46 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP this past season in Philadelphia. Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

With interim Phillies president Pat Gillick saying he thinks his team is a couple of years away from contending, ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney speculates in his blog that it's possible the Phillies would be willing to trade star left-hander Cole Hamels for a package that could help their rebuilding process.

Olney also points out that the Red Sox would likely be very interested in Hamels, as they wouldn't have to make as big of a commitment to him in terms of dollars and years as they would Jon Lester on the open market in free agency:

For a team such as the Cubs or Red Sox -- two organizations flush with prospects -- Hamels might be incredibly attractive. Boston did not want to give a very long deal to Lester, offering him just four years in the spring before talks broke off, and with Hamels, the Red Sox would have only a four-year commitment. The Cubs are expected by rival teams to be very aggressive this winter in their pursuit of pitching, and they have lots of position player prospects, the sort of players badly needed by the Phillies.

To read Buster's full Insider blog on Hamels, plus news and notes around MLB, CLICK HERE.