(CBS) — The most prominent name on the trading block remains Philadelphia Phillies southpaw, Cole Hamels.

Philadelphia enters the All-Star break in last place, and if they can’t ink Hamels to a long-term extension, they will probably deal the upcoming free agent.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been rumored to be a perfect destination, teaming Hamels with Clayton Kershaw would give the Dodgers one of the best 1-2 punches in baseball.

Comcast Sports in Philadelphia talked with Hamels about Los Angeles:

I’m going to ask you about one team specifically, because it’s been talked about much of the season. Is there an appeal to the Dodgers for you?

“It’s going home, I mean, that’s pretty much it. I know the West Coast really well.  I pitch really well on the west coast. I think it’s appealing to every player when they’re growing up that, one day, hoping they can play in the major leagues, it’s always to play for your home team. Even though the Padres were obviously the home team I grew up with, the Dodgers were kind of there neck and neck, so I think that’s the closest home team I would ever get to.” 

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