The Phillies are apparently making calls to gauge trade interest in All-Star pitcher Cole Hamels, according to CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.
Ken Rosenthal, of Fox Sports reports a similar finding. He said on his Twitter account: “Can confirm that #Phillies are calling teams on Hamels, asking for massive haul.”
That massive haul is said to be 4-5 prospects. High A types. However, the Phillies will make at least one more attempt to sign Cole Hamels to a long-term contract before the team fully commits to dealing the left-hander, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Many have speculated that the Hamels camp is looking for a 7-year deal, and the Phillies would like to stay around 5. Hamels’ deal will likely be a record number, and deservedly so. He was drafted in the first round (17th overall) of the 2002 draft., and took the Phillies to two World Series, winning one of them in 2008 as the MVP.
I can’t say I’m surprised, just saddened.
Hamels, 27, will become a free agent after this season. He is 10-4 this season with a 3.08 earned run average.
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