Is the trade market for elite starting pitching collapsing?
Two weeks ago, it appeared that both Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels and Brewers righty Zack Greinke could be moved before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
As it turns out, neither might be, increasing the demand for the next tier of available starters -- and forcing pitching-hungry teams into scramble mode.
Hamels, who pitches Saturday against the Giants (4:15 p.m. ET, MLB on FOX) is in talks with the Phillies on a six-year contract, according to major-league sources.
Greinke, meanwhile, is in the middle of an 11-day layoff to "recharge his batteries," according to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin.
So, one ace (Hamels) soon might be unavailable, and the other (Grienke) might be losing appeal, if the Brewers even want to trade him.
The ripple effect could be stunning.
The trade values of pitchers such as Cubs right-hander Matt Garza and Rays righty James Shields could rise dramatically.
Teams debating whether to...