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As Major League Baseball's trading deadline nears, the Phillies could probably turn to the private investigator's manual for advice: all of the pieces matter, from soon-to-be free agent Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco and Joe Blanton, along with the bounty of young players or prospects they could get in return if they decided to trade the established veterans on the current roster. Following a 4-2 road trip to begin the season's second half, the Phillies' season has reached a fork in the road. When they take the field on Friday to begin a six-game homestand against the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phils' front office will be staring at the ticking clock. There will be only 11 days until the trade deadline. The Phillies (41-52) started Thursday 14 games behind the first-place Washington Nationals in the National League East. They are 11 games back of the second wild card spot in the National League. But a team that includ...
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For most of the season it was assumed that the Philadelphia Phillies would trade left-hander Cole Hamels at some point, since the three-time All-Star will hit free agency when the year is over. The conventional wisdom was that the Phillies couldn’t afford to be competitive for him money-wise because of the other financial commitments on their ledger.
Now all of that has changed...
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
The rumors are all over. They all say some variation of the same thing. The Philadelphia Phillies are readying the biggest offer that they’ve ever made to a pitcher in their 130 year history for Cole Hamels.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported last night that the Phillies will offer Cole Hamels somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-years and $120 million...
If you took MRIs of Cole Hamels’ arm right now, he would probably get a clean bill of health. So would most elite pitchers who were about to receive nine-figure contracts. But that does not mean that they are likely to maintain their health and their elite performance level. Pitchers often fall apart soon after changing teams. I have written about this many times before, most notably...
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says he’s hearing rumblings the Phillies will over Cole Hamels a contract of $130 million over six seasons in a last-ditch effort to keep him before the trade deadline. Heyman said previously the Phillies would offer $120 million, but that seemed a little low by my calculations.
Cain signed a $112.5-million, five-year extension this...
The numbers keep escalating but that the Phillies are still talking to Cole Hamels is a great sign. Former Reds and Nationals GM Jim Bowden is reporting that a deal could end up at $142 to $144 million.
$144 million over six years would represent a $24 million annual average value. That number would equal Cliff Lee's average salary in his five year, $120 million deal. Hamels...
According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, contract negotiation talks between the Phillies and lefthander Cole Hamels are beginning to pick up quickly.
According to Stark's sources, the club and Hamels and his agent John Boggs have begun to seriously negotiate as the club pushes to get Hamels signed before the July 31 trade deadline. As well as trying to get the deal done, the...
The Red Sox might be interested in adding Zack Grienke or Cole Hamels at the upcoming trade deadline, but the significant prices teams are asking in return could be a deterrent. In searching for some starting pitching help, they might in fact be better off looking elsewhere and taking a roundabout approach to bolstering the rotation. After all, help could be a little closer than...
It's been noted since Spring Training that Cole Hamels wants a six-year contract wherever he goes. According to reports from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and ESPN's Jayson Stark, the Phillies are ready to give Hamels a six-year deal.
The reportedly proposed deal is reported to be worth more than San Francisco Giants Matt Cain's five-year deal worth $112.5MM. His deal...
The trading deadline is less than two weeks away, so we can expect the trade rumors to be flying at full speed. Most of us love sources like mlbtraderumors.com because they throw every rumor out there for us to judge for ourselves. Here at hardballchat.com, we don’t necessarily swim in rumors. Based on who logically will be sellers and solid rumors we will look at...
With their fourth straight win, a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the latest news out of Phillies camp, they could be buyers, or do nothing, as the trade deadline approaches.
Oh, there may be a small trade for a reliever, or a minor outfielder trade, but …
It is reported in several Web sites that the Phillies have offered $130 million, six-year contract to Cole Hamels...
We have spent so much time talking about Cole Hamels, maybe we have failed to consider another starter the Phillies could trade: Cliff Lee.
CBS's Danny Knobler reported today that while the Texas Rangers really want Cole Hamels or Zack Greinke, Cliff Lee could be on their radar again. Jim Salisbury of CSN reports that a scout was present for the Lee-Kershaw matchup today...
With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, the rumors are coming fast and furious. Greinke, Hamels, and Liriano are a few of the names being thrown around as people who may be wearing an Angels uniform after July 30th. However, there is a top-tier free agent that no one is considering. It's high time we start thinking outside the box here. Fans have come up with one million...
There was a lot at stake when Cliff Lee pitched eight one-run innings of baseball and the Phillies ended up losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-3 in 12 innings.
A win would have made five straight for the Phillies and put them a reachable nine games under .500.
Instead, with the loss, they are 11 games under .500 at 41-52 and 9 ½ games behind the National League Wild Card leaders...
After a brief hiatus, the crew is back at you with more HardballChat Radio! This week, Dave Raymond of the Astros Baseball Radio Network joined the duo for an in-depth discussion on broadcasting.
Scott and Hudson break down all the latest trade deadline fodder (Carlos Lee to Miami, Justin Upton rumors, Zack Greinke and Cole Hamels moves) and discuss Mark Appel’s decision...