Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports the Phillies have made staff ace Cole Hamels available in a trade but the price is high. Morosi added the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers are the two teams with the best chance to acquire Hamels. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman quoted one rival general managaer saying, "[The Phillies] want the world [in exchange for Hamels]."
ESPN's Jayson Stark reports an American League executive doesn't think the Phillies are going to get their asking price with the money owed to Hamels. "Ruben wants his doors blown off in order to trade him," the executive told Stark. "And you don't get your doors blown off if this kind of money is attached. It doesn't work that way."
Hamels, 30, might be pitching as good as he has in any stretch of his career. On the season he is 5-5 with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 18 starts for the Phillies. In six June starts he went just 1-1 but put up a minuscule 1.13 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. The wins started to come for Hamels in July going 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA and the same 1.07 WHIP in five starts.
The Phillies are right to ask for a massive haul for Hamels because he means that much to the team. He is not like Cliff Lee and approaching the twilight of his career while the Phillies sputter in mediocrity. Hamels is 30 years old in the prime of his career, under team control and it is not out of the question that Hamels will still be a force at the top of the Phillies rotation when they (hopefully) turn the team around in a few years.
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