The Chicago Cubs have continued to touch base with the Philadelphia Phillies regarding Cole Hamels, according to Major League sources.
In addition to the Cubs, the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers are also believed to be in the market for a starter.
Chicago is winning, which may make them more aggressive on the trade market as the midseason approaches.
"You're always thinking about that stuff," said Jed Hoyer, pointing out it's still too early to think too specifically. "You're at a stage where a two- or three-game winning streak or losing streak really changes your outlook in a hurry.
"But certainly we're hopeful that we're in that position. And we're obviously going to prepare as if that's the case."
The Cubs entered play on Thursday at 12-8 and two games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.