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MLB Trade Rumors: Angels Continue Showing Interest In Cole Hamels

The Los Angeles Angels are right in the thick of the playoff race in the American League West and wild card standings, and they could benefit from a trade or two before the July 31 deadline. As the Halos wait and see on Dan Haren's progress in bullpen sessions, they are doing their due diligence on one of the biggest pitchers on the market: Cole Hamels.

Here's the latest from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Phillies scout Dave Hollins is here (in New York), so that's all you need to know about the Angels' interest in Hamels. Center fielder Peter Bourjos, who played today (possible showcase) would have to be in a package for Hamels, as the Phillies don't plan on having Shane Victorino back. Greinke is also a strong possibility for them, as they recently sent two scouts (including Marcel Lachemann) to see him pitch. One caveat: Dan Haren starts a rehab game Monday, and they haven't quite given up on Ervin Santana, whose stuff is better than his results. (Still, there is enough doubt about their rotation situation that the Angels are at least a serious early player for a top pitcher.)

The biggest issue with Hamels is that he's set to become a free agent at the end of the season. Unless the Angels can work out a contract extension prior to a trade, it's tough to see the club offer up numerous prospects for two months of Hamels. It'll be an interesting next couple of weeks in Anaheim to say the least.

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