Two players seem to be dominating the headlines as Baseball’s second season slowly comes to an end. And the Cubs have been connected to both Yoan Moncada and Cole Hamels.
As soon as James Shields went off the board, the attention turned to Cole Hamels. The Phillies’ lefty is a true top of the rotation starter and is the only pitcher that is available this late in the winter that could make a difference for a team with a goal of contending during the upcoming season.
Ruben Amaro Jr. and Pat Gillick are not backing down from their demands for Hamels and are prepared to not only begin camp with Hamels on the roster but to give him the ball on Opening Day against the Red Sox. Simply said, if the Phillies actually want to trade Cole Hamels, they are under no rush or pressure to trade away the southpaw.
For those that have missed the countless reports, the Phillies are not only looking for three to four of a team’s top prospects but for the acquiring team to take back all of the guaranteed $96 million owed to Hamels over the next four years.
The Cubs, along with the Dodgers, Red Sox, Cardinals, Rangers and Padres, have been linked to Cole Hamels this off-season. It had been since December that the mainstream media connected the Cubs to Hamels until Shields signed with the Padres.
Jim Salisbury caught up with Ruben Amaro Jr. on Wednesday and asked him for updates on the players he’s still trying to trade with a week to go before the Phillies open camp.
Amaro Jr. acknowledged that “eight teams have kicked the tires” on Cole Hamels, but only four have made “real offers.” Amaro Jr. did not comment on which teams made the real offers.
According to the report from CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies are “ready to pull the trigger on a Hamels deal” if Amaro. Jr. likes the return. The Phillies’ GM reportedly told interested teams that he has to win any deal for Hamels before he will move him.
Amaro Jr. told Jim Salisbury, “If there was an offer commensurate to what we believe is [Hamels] value we would strongly consider it.”
There are several players currently on the Phillies roster that are available (Jonathan Papelbon, Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee) and Amaro Jr. mentioned to Jim Salisbury there is “still a possibility” he could make a trade before Spring Training begins.
- Full Report from CSNPhilly.com
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