The Red Sox have need an ace for a while now, and with Clay Buchholz going on the 60-day DL, things aren't looking good for the Red Sox.
This season is a bust at this point and they'd need a miracle to turn things around. They sit dead last in the AL East with a dreadful record of 44-57 and 14 games behind the rival Yankees.
It's been tough of watch for the Fenway Faithful, night after night it seems like they find another way to lose. Well, they might lose out on ace left hander Cole Hamels too.
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It's not their fault though. When Hamels agreed to sign with the Phillies that contract included a no trade clause. Meaning, he can't be traded without his consent first. With the Red Sox so far out of contention, it's not likely he will want to go there.
He will likely be traded to a contender, and the Dodgers are reported by multiple sources that the Dodgers are the front-runner to land the former World Champion.
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Speaking of World Champion, that's something every team can use, a guy who knows how to play in the playoffs, better yet thrive in the playoffs. It's not looking good that the Sox will land Hamels so what are their other options?
Jordan Zimmerman: Wsh (8-6 3.36 ERA)
Now, he doesn't have much playoff experience but, some is better than none. His most recent start was in the 2014 NLDS, he got a no-decision where he went 8.2 IP and had a 1.04 ERA in the series.
He's only 29 years old and it would take a bunch of prospects to get him but it could be worth it in the long run.
James Shields: KC (8-4 3.77 ERA)
You want a guy with postseason experience? Look no further than "Big Game James" Though his playoff record doesn't show it at 3-6, this guy can pitch in a big game like nobody else. 2 of his 3 postseason wins have come in series clinching games.
He's only 33 so he has a good 3-4 years left in the tank and he could be a really good fit in a young Red Sox rotation.
Sonny Gray: Oak (11-4 2.16 ERA)
There were rumors floating around last week as to whether or not Sonny Gray will be on the move. Oakland is one of the worst teams in the league, so the deal would have to be very compelling for them to even think about accepting.
Gray is only 3 years into his young career and he's 30-17 with a 2.71 ERA. He's just 25 years of age.