Gordon: Teams bid on Hamels as market heats up

Gordon: Teams bid on Hamels as market heats up Live

No, it doesn't appear the Cardinals will land Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels. Fans in these parts have been monitoring that scenario for months, hoping that a trade package of Tyler Lyons, Pete Kozma and a low-level prospect could bring another ace-caliber pitcher to town.

Dream on, Cardinals fans. The Phillies need to make a major score by dealing Hamels -- and the Reds set a high bar for any such deal while dealing Johnny Cueto to the Royals.

The Cardinals own plenty of starting pitching. GM
John Mozeliak focused on relief help instead (Steve Cishek!) and
stayed in the market for a first baseman with power. The Hamels Sweepstakes are building toward a Thursday or Friday conclusion, with the Phillies seeking best offers by today. Cole's next start was pushed back to Friday to accommodate all the chit-chat.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers aimed for pitching and tattoo depth by targeting Mat Latos along with spare outfielder Michael Morse from Miami in the latest Marlins fire sale. (Morse appeared headed elsewhere to complete a three-way deal. Then, as could only happen with the Marlins, the deal stalled.)

Does that mean LA is out on Hamels?

Well, maybe. Because . . . Tigers baseball czar Dave Dombrowski reversed course and put David Price up for bidding this afternoon, along with power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and others, including Alex Avila, Rajai Davis and Alfredo Simon.

Again, the Cueto trade package set a high and appealing bar and the Tigers could sure use an influx of young talent. The Cubs, Yankees and Astros could go after Price, along with the Dodgers.

The Astros could go after Cespedes, along with the offensively challenged Mets, Twins, Angels and

Here is what else is shaking as the deadline nears, thanks to the insiders on Twitter:


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