trade rumor: Red Sox discussing prospects in a potential trade for Cole Hamels

Baseball THE RUMOR: The Red Sox are discussing which prospects would be included in a potential trade for Phillies ace Cole Hamels. REPORTED BY: ESPN's Jayson Stark on "Baseball Tonight." MORE: Seven best destinations for Jonathan Papelbon | Little less talk, little more action needed from Mets' Alderson THE DETAILS: Despite having the worst record in the American League, the Red Sox are willing to dip into their farm system and open their checkbook to land Hamels.  THIS SEASON: Hamels has been slumping as of late but still owns a 3.46 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP and a 125:38 K:BB ratio in 119 2/3 innings. OUR TAKE: Acquiring Hamels would help Boston contend in 2016 and beyond while allowing them to save some cash in the free-agent market. Hamels has a

$22.5 million salary this season and is guaranteed $73.5 million from 2016 through 2018, but that shouldn't be much of a problem for the deep-pocketed Sox. The Phillies are looking to rebuild, and Boston has the No. 3-ranked farm system, so this could be a perfect match. Rusney Castillo, Yoan Moncada, Rafael Devers and Manuel Margot are among the Red Sox's top prospects, but it would be hard to imagine them parting ways with Moncada and fellow Cuban Castillo, who signed a six-year, contract worth a reported $72.5 million with the Sox last August.