Cole Hamels doesn’t see winning again happening with the Phillies. He has said that he is now ready for a trade from the Phillies per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY, who also adds that Hamels loved his time in Philadelphia. Though I am not surprised Hamels feels this way, I am surprised he expressed his feelings to the media.
This storyline has been a popular one this whole offseason. Baseball fans keep wondering when or even if Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will pull the trigger on a Cole Hamels deal. There are plenty of teams that would take Hamels at their own price.
Of course, the Red Sox have been often speculated as potential suitors for Hamels. The price would be at a premium as the Phillies insist on catching prospect Blake Swihart who is listed as the 24th prospect by mlb.com. A deal would probably involve more than just Swihart, the Phillies likely want left handed pitching prospect Henry Owens. If the Red Sox were to offer Mookie Betts, I’m sure the Phillies would consider that as well.
The waiting could have cost Amaro a suitor as the Padres officially signed James Shields last week. That acquisition likely takes them out of the Hamels sweepstakes. Other than the Red Sox, potential suitors include the Rangers, the Dodgers, and the Cardinals. Lots of different things including injury can happen in spring training and teams could get desperate.
Amaro said that four teams have made “real offers” for Hamels. What is a “real offer?” This term probably means that four teams have made offers that the Phillies would consider. Those four teams, I would guess, are the Red Sox, Dodgers, Cardinals, and Rangers.
I, for one, do not believe that the Phillies can trade Cole Hamels for a top 25 prospect without eating some of his remaining salary. I believe that they should be willing to absorb a portion of his salary to get the best possible prospects or young players back. If the Phillies pry away Mookie Betts, it would be a steal, but don’t hold your breath on it.
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