An Updated Look at Pitching Market With Cole Hamels Staying With Cubs

No Cole Hamels reunion this year, Phillies fans. 

The Cubs decided Friday to pick up the $20 million club option on Hamels' contract. They could have let Hamels become a free agent while saddling the Rangers with his $6 million buyout, but the Cubs are a big-market team with rotation needs. Why let Hamels walk after that stellar second half?

Even without Hamels on the free-agent market, there are still several intriguing options for the Phillies, particularly lefties. Even below the Patrick Corbin tier, there is J.A. Happ and Dallas Keuchel. I personally have doubts about Keuchel having much success here, given his rising hit totals, propensity to keep the ball in play and the Phillies' below-average infield defense. 

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