The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31st and teams are calling the Phillies asking about the availability of all players who can help a contender. Cole Hamels, as to be expected, is a hot commodity. Teams have been discouraged by the Phillies reluctance to entertain offers for Hamels.
Now, ESPN's Buster Olney reports the Phillies are openly telling teams that Hamels is not available.
Hamels would certainly bring back the biggest haul of all players on the Phillies roster but moving him would leave a hole at the top of the Phillies order. Cliff Lee could fill it but at 35 years old, turning 36 in August, but moving forward we don't know how much longer he will be with the organization.
Hamels, 30, is 4-5 with a 2.83 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 17 starts this season. Overall, the opposition is batting .231/.299/.359 with eight home runs and 37 extra-base hits against Hamels. He is 1-5 with a 4.38 ERA in six 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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