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Don’t Expect Cole Hamels To Go Anywhere

As the MLB trade deadline approaches, the buzz about who the Phillies might or might not trade gets louder and louder. And of the many trade pieces that the Phils possess, Cole Hamels might be the most appealing, and may produce the highest potential return. He is an ace, left-handed pitcher in his prime, and has plenty of playoff and World Series experience.

Jon Morosi reported that Hamels was officially on the trading block. However, Phils GM Ruben Amaro Jr. reportedly set the price tag very high for Hamels.

Because of that, it is looking more and more likely that Hamels, at least for now, will stay put in Philadelphia. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies have received no real offers for the lefty and cites a source claiming that Hamels is the least likely candidate to be traded.

The market for Hamels right now might not be strong with other top lefties David Price and Jon Lester on the trade market. And Hamels, more so than any other player on the Phillies, is a guy you absolutely need to sell high with, unlike some other players like Marlon Byrd, Jonathan Papelbon, and A.J. Burnett, to name a few. The return for him needs to be outstanding. There will be more–and potentially better–opportunities to trade him in the future.

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Mike

    July 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I’m starting to think no one will be traded. Bastardo doesn’t count

    • Lefty

      July 30, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Um- why not?

  2. bacardipr05

    July 30, 2014 at 12:38 am

    I dont think he was on the traded block to begin with. Just more gossip an hearsay from the usual gossip sports columnist. Burnett should of been gone by now. Now after his recent outing his value has dropped. I think it will probably be Byrd or no one. Who knows for sure.

  3. Andrew from waldorf

    July 30, 2014 at 3:39 am

    No one should be off limits on a team that is in last and one of the worst in the sport.

    I too am just waiting.

    Back when I used to really care. Or think the team had a chance Id be very upset at the possible lack of activity.

    There are at least 6 or 7 players who need to be moved.

    Amaro isn’t up to it though I guess.

    If its like one move.

    Ill be pissed.

    • Phillies fan from Germany

      July 30, 2014 at 6:43 am

      I guess there are there are certain things we can agree on. From a purely baseball standpoint with a loosing team like the Phils, every player has to be considered moveable if the deal is right.

      It would surely hurt but Hamels has a lot of value now and will be years removed from his peak when the Phillies will be contenders again. This is the time to move him.

      The Phillies problem is not the contracts given to players like Rollins, Utley and Ruiz, it is a couple of really bad contracts combined with the fact that there is really no quality players at all from the farm system that contribute as cost-controllable assets. This has to change and doing some trades would definitely help in the process.

  4. batterseye

    July 30, 2014 at 8:28 am

    He hamstrung himself with those wonderful option laden contracts. NO OTHER team wants to take them on…so no trades will be made….

  5. boots

    July 30, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Hamels is better than Lester. He’s right up there with Price. The Dodgers need him if they want to beat out the Giants. I don’t think Seager and Joc is unreasonable for a top shelf pitcher in his prime with contract control. Just get it done Ruben. This is what you’re paid to do.

    • George

      July 30, 2014 at 11:39 am

      It takes two GMs to make a trade. Amaro can’t “get it done” if L.A. doesn’t want to deal.

      • boots

        July 30, 2014 at 5:50 pm

        The sticking point seems to be Ruben not wanting to pay any of Hamels salary. Of course LA wants him. But you can keep on defending rube all u want. U see where that’s gotten us.

      • schmenkman

        July 30, 2014 at 8:50 pm

        In general, he should be willing to eat salary. In Hamels’ case it’s a market rate contract (and may soon be below market once Scherzer and others get paid) and there shouldn’t be any reason to eat salary.

  6. Lefty

    July 30, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Cardinals are looking at Hamels- Oscar Tavares anyone?

    • wbramh

      July 30, 2014 at 10:45 am

      The latest rumor has the Cards offering a package of Tavaras and Shelby Miller for David Price, so you’re in the right pew, Lefty, but maybe the wrong church.

  7. Vinnie

    July 30, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Don’t be surprised if you see no trades at all. Unless the Phillies are in salary dump mode, I don’t think anybody will be traded (except maybe Bastardo)

  8. wbramh

    July 30, 2014 at 11:03 am

    The first trade should send Ruben to the Korean leagues (along with cash) in return for a assistant ball boy to be named later.

    • Lefty

      July 30, 2014 at 11:41 am

      They tried that. They said sorry, no Kendrick?, no deal.

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