July 20 Trade Rumor Round-Up: Hamels, Pence, Happ – Phillies Nation

July 20 Trade Rumor Round-Up: Hamels, Pence, Happ

Earlier today, Mike Sherman of the NY Post reported unnamed executives believe Cole Hamels will have a hard time declining a contract extension offer of 6 years, $130 million, citing the only roadblocks as MLBPA union pressure to test the open market and any currently-not-visible desire of Hamels’ to play for the Dodgers. Meanwhile, Jayson Stark is reporting the chances of the Phils trading Hamels are diminishing but still exist. Stark estimates there is a 90% chance Hamels is traded before the deadline should an extension not be hammered out in a timely manner, but also cites an unnamed executive who says the chances of a trade “are dropping, but are not zero”.

Stark noted in his piece that the Phillies are downplaying any interest in trading their most asked about trade chip, Hunter Pence, and instead reportedly have Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Joe Blanton, Placido Polanco, and Kyle Kendrick available for the highest bidder.

On a side note, a few former Phillies were traded for each other today: former Phil J.A. Happ was dealt with Brandon Lyon and Brandon Carpenter to the Blue Jays in a 10-player deal with the Astros for a package that included former Phil Ben Francisco, Francisco Cordero, and minor leaguers Joe Musgrove, Asher Wojciechowski, David Rollins, Carlos Perez, and a player to be named later. Best of luck to the former Phils in their new spots.

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  1. Lefty

    July 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    So the Blue Jays purged themselves of all things named Francisco? Happ might help them, Ben will be Ben.

  2. Lefty

    July 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I can’t believe KC gave up on Sanchez already. Worst trade of the year was definitely made by Kansas City. Melky Cabrera to the Giants for Sanchez and a prospect.

    • George

      July 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Trades like that one are one of the reasons that KC is a perennial loser.

      In their defense, though, I have to add that Cabrera had mostly had mediocre seasons before these past two, and that Sanchez wasn’t all that bad in the past. I hope for their sake that the prospect turns out to be good.

      • Lefty

        July 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

        I hope so too, their fans deserve better. I remember not thinking all that highly of Melky in the 2009 WS. That’s the way it works sometimes, your scouts see something mine don’t and -voila- a one sided trade. Speaking of which- the Phils get second stinker of the season letting Brandon Moss get away, but no one saw this coming.

        I barely recall him even batting for us last year, I remember Bowker because he was so bad.


  3. George

    July 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I find it interesting that earlier today, one of the posts was about how Rollins should not be traded. Now, it appears that he’s available. Maybe it’s because he’s probably one of the only guys listed another team might actually pay something for.

  4. Morris Buttermaker

    July 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Here’s something to consider. It’s kind of a PR pickle for the Phillies. Tomorrow is Photo Day at the game. The fans are allowed onto the field to take photos up close with their favorite players. So right now, it could turn into 2 hours of fans begging Cole to stay. He certainly has to be out there since it’s possibly his last Photo Day with the team. The best case scenario is that the Phillies announce they have signed him before 2:00 p.m. tomorrow.

  5. Robby Bonfire

    July 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    What will they get for Hamels, four blocks of cement, same as they got for Abreu, or a dime back on the dollar as regards the Shilling “trade.?” Do they even know what they are doing? With the worst manager in baseball still around, maybe they should just clean out the house. He will be gone one of these decades, you know.

  6. psujoe

    July 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Hamels at 6/130 would be a steal. 20 per season with a 10 million buyout would be a great deal for the Phils and cheaper than anyone thought. I thought 5/125 including buyout, but this is 3 million cheaper per year.

  7. Cs

    July 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm


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