Hamels on the Block?

2 Jul

Could Cole Hamels really be on the block?

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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4 Responses to “Hamels on the Block?”

  1. mlblogsbarbward July 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    I think that it’s inevitable. As in the Thome trade, I feel it would be in the players best interest to go elsewhere where their talents can be showcased. That doesn’t mean that I like either one of those trades but at the bottom of my heart, yeah, it would be advisable. I don’t think the Phillies can handle the deal that Hamels wants so why not let him go now to some place that is worthy of his talent ow. He has done well for the Phillies but it’s time to release and reorganize. I wish him well. and am grateful for his time served as a Phillie.

  2. ClawsPhan July 3, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    I hope the Phillies resign him. I remember my first BlueClaws game was a game that he pitched and it was CLAWsome. Definately would love to see him continue to play in a Phillies uniform.

    • Phanatic Addict July 3, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      Me too.

      I’m not sure what to make of RAJ’s comments yesterday. I think he’d have to find a way to shave payroll in other areas. It would take some seriously creative work to make it happen.

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