The former Philadelphia Phillies ace is 4-8 with a 4.28 ERA in 18 appearances, and the Texas Rangers are dead last in the otherwise competitive American League West.
Hamels put up some nice numbers when he first got to Texas, but he’s had some troubles over the last few seasons, putting up ERA’s over 4 in each of the last two years. He’s also on pace to put up a career high in walks here in 2018.
The problem with Hamels is that he’s 34 years old and still owed $23.5 million this season and $20 million in 2019. The left-hander has been in a steady decline since being sent to the Rangers in July of 2015.
Several other teams including the New York Yankees and the Phillies are interested in acquiring Hamels, so the Rangers will get to choose the best offer.
Unless the Rangers have a particular prospect that they’re enamored with, they’ll sell to the highest bidder. Combine that with the amount Hamels would cost in salary, and it’s unlikely that the Nationals would be interested in the southpaw.