According to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark, the Red Sox are among just four teams who are still in on 'The Cole Hamels Sweepstakes'. The hot rumor is that Hamels would waive his no-trade protection to Boston if the team picks up his $20 million option for the 2017 season. As we've heard from Sox CEO Larry Lucchino, Boston does not fit the typical "buyer" or "seller" mode this year. In fact, Stark says they are portraying themselves as "nontraditional buyers"—with eyes on the long-term. We can't imagine Ben Cherington giving up any of his blue-chip youngsters (except maybe Blake Swihart) to get Hamels. But, stay tuned—only nine days are left in the trading season.