The Philadelphia Phillies are doing some background work on three Boston Red Sox players reports Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The Phillies are reportedly scouting pitcher Matt Barnes, catcher Christian Vazquez, and second baseman/outfielder Mookie Betts.
This is not yet a deal only a team doing their homework on players in the Red Sox system, something that happens often during the off season. It would be likely that the Red Sox would want pitcher Cole Hamels in exchange for the players in which the Phillies are interested in. Hamels is an elite pitcher that began his major league career with the Phillies in 2006. In 2014, he had a 2.46 ERA and a 1.148 WHIP. These statistics combined with his experience make him a pitcher that the Sox could use to anchor their five-man, starting rotation.