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The Phillies aren’t looking to trade Cole Hamels

Jul 18, 2014, 9:43 AM EDT

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Over the weekend it was reported that teams were scouting Cole Hamels. The Phillies, however, are “currently showing no inclination” to trade Hamels, reports Rob Bradford of

Maybe this is all just a Boston thing, as the original report about Hamels maybe being available came from Nick Cafardo. There haven’t, to my knowledge, been any reports from Phillies-connected media that Hamels is on the block. And it makes sense for the Phillies to keep Hamels and build around him, even if they do become major sellers soon. Hamels is under contract through 2019 and he’s only 30. And the dude can still pitch: he has a 2.93 ERA so far this year.

As was reported last week, there are nine teams to which Hamels can be traded without his consent. But at the moment, it doesn’t appear as if the Phillies are at all interested in dealing him.


  1. chaser44 - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    They shouldn’t trade him, they should trade amaro for a competent gm. If they can get something decent for paps, lee,byrd, dom brown, bastardo, Kendrick and fausto hernandez they coukd compete in 2 years. This years first pick nola could be ready by then along with crawford and franco, at that point hamels will still only be 32_33.

    • emdash01 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      No one’s giving them anything decent for Kendrick or Hernandez, and Brown is a buy-low at this point at best.

    • NatsLady - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      No one’s giving them anything for Amaro, either.

      • scotttheskeptic - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        Amaro & Rollins to Oakland for Billy Beane!

  2. yahmule - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    This is a mistake, IMO. The minor league system is very thin and Jesse Biddle’s recent meltdown makes it look that much worse. I suppose the possibility exists that the Phillies are playing hard to get to drive up his price.

    Speaking of Price, if I’m a buyer in this market, I would be more comfortable striking a deal with Ruben Amaro than with Andrew Friedman.

  3. floreskins - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Why would they when Amaro is probably looking to buy…

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    I understand that the Phillies are trying hard to trade Roy Halladay.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      They are using a video of Doc throwing out the first pitch at a Jay’s game as proof that Halladay can still pitch.

  5. mungman69 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Even with Hamels the phillies will struggle for the next few years so hell, trade him. The Phillies aren’t going to win with him.

  6. phillysports1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Remember the name : Maikel Franco

  7. blabidibla - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Build around a 30 year old pitcher? By the time they are ready to contend he’ll be 33 at best. And that’s if they somehow manage restock the system without trading him. Good luck with that.

    • tmc602014 - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      If you think the Phils will be in the hunt that soon, I have some Diamondback stock I’d like you to look at…

  8. jnks10 - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    I can’t wait to go to phillies games again but i refuse to do so until Ruben is gone. He will ruin every trade he will make before the deadline just like he has ruined this team.

  9. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    This is not the kind of guy you trade in a fire sale. Not when you have him locked up for 5 seasons after this one and he is relatively young. You still need good players to win, even if that’s 2 or 3 years down the road.

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