Don’t Expect Hamels to Go Anywhere

Cole HamelsDo not expect Cole Hamels to be traded before Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

There has been plenty of speculation recently about his availability, but sources told MLB.com on Tuesday that the Phillies have had no substantive talks with any team about him. That includes the Dodgers. There are multiple reports that the Dodgers and Phillies have been in contact recently, and the Phillies have requested the Dodgers’ top three prospects to make a deal.

But one source said the Phillies have made no such requests because the two teams have not talked that in depth.

The Phillies have made teams aware they would need to be thoroughly impressed to trade Hamels, but talks have never gotten much further than that. Hamels allowed six hits and struck out eight in eight scoreless innings last night against the Mets to improve to 6-5 with a 2.55 ERA. He has a 1.58 ERA (15 earned runs in 85 2/3 innings) in his last 12 starts, entering the night sixth out of 95 qualifying pitchers in ERA since June 1.

A source said the Phillies haven’t gotten particularly close to the finish line in any trade discussions. They have numerous players available, including Cliff Lee, Jonathan Papelbon, Marlon Byrd, A.J. Burnett and Antonio Bastardo, but some teams believe Ruben Amaro Jr. is under pressure to deal and ultimately will sell low to make a trade. They seem to be waiting for Amaro to cave.

But ownership has not ordered Amaro to shed payroll, which does not force his hand. Players like Hamels, Lee, Papelbon, Byrd and other veterans are signed through at least next season, which means Amaro can try to clear them through waivers next month and trade them before the Aug. 31 waiver deadline.

The Phillies can also wait to try to trade them in the offseason.

It seems the Phillies are prepared for that possibility.

It looks like nobody is going anywhere right now, although everything can change with one phone call before Thursday’s Deadline.

9 Comments

I think I’m fine with Ruby Dooby Dumb not making any moves. The sooner he is fired the better. Simply a boy unfit for a mans job.

Then again, can his arrogance screw things up even more? Wait. Yeah. Good god we have the most pathetic GM in the league. Good going Rube. Hashtag shitshow!

If the Phils could pick up an outfielder or two and their bullpen continues to develop this rebuilding thing might not take as long as everyone thinks. Centerfield is a complete mess right now.

There is no question whom the Phillies have to get rid of – Ruben Amaro, Jr. He is absolutely unfit to be a General Manager in the Major Leagues. Cannot evaluate talent. Has no clue about rebuilding the Minor League system. Is blind to the quality (or lack thereof) of the Major League team. Signs players to contracts that paralyze the team. And now, cannot make any deals, not one, to even marginally improve the organization. He is terrible and until he’s gone, the Phillies are doomed to mediocrity and irrelevance.

Let’s see if THIS comment is left uncensored… Rube’s incompetence is underscored today: Indians dump a pitcher having a bad year, who’s in the last year of his contract and is ON THE DISABLED LIST (!) for a first-round draft pick outfielder who is already at AA, hitting .300 with 13 HRs. But ROOB can’t do a deal anywhwere! And has the colossal Arrogance to tell a caller that they are “uninformed” when they say our minors have only two real prospects. He really thinks he has Prospects? What a Maroon. He wouldn’t know a real prospect if the guy took a crap on him. (And I say this JUST as Aumont gives up yet another HR…) So, Ruin is Stupid, Arrogant, Incompetent, and Blind. Have I missed anything? And yet our local sportswriters continue to kiss his backside. How they don’t laugh in his face every time the look at him, I don’t know.

Todd Zolecki should be asking the tough questions.

No well said, you’re dead on

ENOUGH ALREADY ;;;; WAKE UP ;PHILS ;;GO GET LESTER ;GO GET KEMP ;;GO GET BATISTA ;; YOUR SO DUMB ;;GET RID OF REVERE ;KENDRICK ;;& WHO EVER ELSE YOU HAVE TOO;; YOU;LL HAVE A LEFT FIELDER A CENTER FIELDER ;;& A GOOD STARTER ;;;; I;M SICK & TIRED OF KENDRICK ;LOSING ALMOST EVERY TIME HE PITCHES ;;

funny

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