Found January 05, 2014 on Fightin For Philly:
FOX’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Phillies star pitchers Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee could be on the trade market if the team is out of contention by the July 31st trade deadline. It’s not the first time the duo has been brought up in trade implications this offseason, but it’s certainly worth a follow-up as they’re two of the most talented ballplayers on the Phils. Since being drafted in the first round by Philadelphia in 2002, Hamels has spent his entire career with the Phillies. In 2012, he inked a 6-year, $144 million deal. It’ll be interesting to see how teams treat that contract in any potential trade. The Phils may have to shell out a few bucks in order to get some good prospects in return for Cole. It wouldn’t be the first time the Phillies traded Cliff Lee, and I wouldn’t be opposed to it — as long as it’s not a sequel of the last trade. As much as I like Clifton Phifer, he’s 35-years old and will soon hit the downside of his career. As of now, he still has plenty of trade value. But if the Phillies don’t act and Lee takes the path of Roy Halladay, the Phillies are left with an overpayed back-end of the rotation starter. The first Cliff Lee trade brought in household names like Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies, and J.C. Ramirez — none of whom have contributed anything of note at the MLB level. If Amaro deals either of these guys, he needs a better return than what he got for Lee or, as another example, Hunter Pence. It may be time for the Phils to take the paths of the Sixers and Eagles. Both teams cleared house and are focusing on youth. The Phillies don’t seem to be fans of young players.  
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