The Phillies are skidding towards the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline and it appears that they will be selling off some valuable commodities. While the team is likely going to avoid a "fire sale", they will still be looking to move some players to build back up their farm system which is severely lacking depth.
One name that has been tossed around in trade discussions is left-hander Cole Hamels. The 30-year-old ace of the Phillies pitching staff has been absolutely dominant on the mound this season despite the lack of run support. He would garner a major haul for the Phillies but also leave a hole at the top of their rotation.
In short, general manager Ruben Amaro has a very difficult decision on his hands.
Well, he did have a difficult decision on his hands. It appears as though Amaro made his decision already as ESPN's Jim Bowden reports other general managers "getting the impression the Phillies won't trade [Hamels]." WEEI of Boston's Rob Bradford also reports "the Phillies are currently showing no inclination to trade [Hamels]."
It seems pretty clear the Phillies will have to be totally blown away by an offer for Hamels. I don't even know where to begin with the asking price but if it doesn't include a team's top two prospects plus other key pieces then the conversation wont last long.
Hamels, 30, is 3-5 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP in 16 starts this season. Overall, the opposition is batting .231/.304/.361 with eight home runs and 34 extra-base hits against Hamels. He is 0-5 with a 5.10 ERA in five starts this season in which the Phillies have given him two or fewer runs of run support. In the 11 other starts in which they have scored three or more runs for Hamels, he is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA.
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