The latest from Jayson Stark on the Phillies

Juicy stuff from Jayson Stark on Cole Hamels and Jimmy Rollins...
Via PhilsBaseball
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Storyline Update: Phillies’ Trade Destinations

During the Winter Meetings that begin on December 7 in Cole Hamels‘ hometown, the brain trust of the Philadelphia Phillies will explore roster-improving avenues at an insane pace. Then, Ruben Amaro Jr. will return to Philly with some possibilities to revamp his squad for 2015 and beyond. There will be a published Storyline and/or Red Alert each week. This review is an additional...
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Finding a Stopper

Now that the Red Sox have come out guns-blazing in the free-agent market, their pitching situation has changed. No longer must they pin their hopes on youngsters and worry about giving up too much in trades. With Hanley Ramirez in left field (probably) and Pablo Sandoval at third, they should have an offensive revival. Whether or not they keep Yoenis Cespedes, the outfield looks...
Via Fenway West
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Hamels Updates: Phils Received Offer, Wasn't Good Enough

#456274800 / The main story of the Phillies offseason is obviously gauging potential deals for Cole Hamels. Will he go to Boston? Chicago? According to a source that spoke to ESPN's Jayson Stark, the one team that has made an offer on Hamels hasn't been one of the teams...
Via Philliedelphia
1 day ago  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Cubs, Dodgers, Red Sox Interested in Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels trade market is heating up, and he is drawing interest from a number of teams including the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Dodgers according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, and Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports. Hamels appears to be the clear second option for teams pursuing Jon Lester, namely Boston and Chicago. After spending at least $183 million on...
Via On-Base Talk
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Storyline: Rumor Has It, Phillies Faithful

While the days dwindle away toward the December holidays, the Philadelphia Phillies are making the most noise regarding Cole Hamels. Will he be our Opening Day hurler? There will be a published Storyline and/or Red Alert each week.  Please, scroll down for this edition of Genuine Insight: The Champions on the Roster. Welcome, Newcomers: This article represents the thinking...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

What Would We Get for Cole?

The market for Cole Hamels is picking up. Even though that seems weird, it's true. Boston is now more sure of what it can move, and what it wants to spend. Los Angeles now knows what it needs. Others are now more sure of the market in which they are...
Via Philliedelphia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Obligatory Discussion of the Dodgers And Cole Hamels

So you most likely saw the report from yesterday that indicated the Dodgers were interested in getting into the Cole Hamels sweepstakes, and that’s too fascinating not to talk about. Obviously, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Hyun-jin Ryu make for a fantastic top three for one more year, until Greinke inevitably opts out after the season. Just as obviously, Dan Haren and Zach...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers "And Others" In On Phillies Starter Cole Hamels

Philliedelphia/Steve Trapani We are well aware that the Boston Red Sox are interested in Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, and now that they have stocked up on offense they are turning to defense next. But, the Red Sox may have competition for Hamels' services. This time it's a team on the...
Via Philliedelphia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Rumors: Boston and Philadelphia re-engage in trade talks for Cole Hamels?

The Philadelphia Phillies have made it clear that they are willing to trade ace Cole Hamels if the right deal comes along. A few weeks ago there were reports that the Boston Red Sox were in talks with the Phillies for Hamels, but the Red Sox had rejected two trade offers proposed by the Phillies. Things may change this time now that the Red Sox have completed deals for both Hanley...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox And Phillies In "Most Serious" Talks Yet About Cole Hamels

Wikipedia Commons The Cole Hamels to Boston rumors will not end. The Boston Red Sox have been the most active team this offseason, adding two of the top free agents in shortstop Hanley Ramirez and with third baseman Pablo Sandoval. With both on board, the Red Sox are now focused...
Via Philliedelphia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Red Sox And Lester 'Close' to Deal

According to MLB Insider Jake Wesley, the Red Sox and free-agent lefty Jon Lester are "close" to a deal in the range of $120-$140 million. At this point, there is no specific word on the duration of the proposed contract. Boston is also reportedly in "serious" trade talks with the Philadelphia Phillies for another left-handed starter—Cole Hamels. Stay tuned!!!!
Via FenwayNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox In 'Serious' Trade Talks For Hamels

(USAToday Sports)According to USAToday's Bob Nightengale, the Red Sox are in "serious talks" with the Philadelphia Phillies regarding a trade for ace lefty starter Cole Hamels. Clearly, after signing both Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, Boston needs to fill the two open spots at the top of their pitching rotation. The Red Sox surplus of outfielders and bevy of young prospects...
Via FenwayNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A Hanley Ramirez Return To Red Sox Could Set Up Cole Hamels Trade

Wikipedia Commons Phillies know shortstop Hanley Ramirez all too well. For years as a member of the Florida/Miami Marlins, Ramirez was one of the Phillies' biggest foes. Ramirez spent the latter part of 2012 as well as 2013 and 2014 with the Los Angeles Dodgers before heading into free agency...
Via Philliedelphia
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Latest On Cole Hamels: "Phillies Just Want A Fair Package"

The Phillies appear ready to trade ace pitcher Cole Hamels - provided that the deal is right for a rebuilding team. The Cubs do not appear willing to trade anybody, and the team with the next amount of minor league depth would be the Boston Red Sox, who seem primed...
Via Philliedelphia
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Storyline: Trading Destinations for the Phillies

During the Winter Meetings that begin on December 7 in Cole Hamels‘ hometown, the brain trust of the Philadelphia Phillies will explore roster-improving avenues at an insane pace. Then, Ruben Amaro Jr. will return to Philly with some possibilities to revamp his squad for 2015 and beyond. There will be a published Storyline and/or Red Alert each week.  Please, scroll down for...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

What is 100% Definitely Going to Happen with Cole Hamels

Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen In the middle of the 2012 season, the end of the Phillies' five-year playoff run, Cole Hamels signed his six-year, $144 million extension with the only team he has ever played for. At the time, anyone with more than just a casual interest in the team, or...
Via Philliedelphia
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Quality of Cole Hamels’ Opposition

We’re used to making little adjustments all the time. Most commonly, it’s because of ballpark environment. A .350 wOBA in San Francisco is a hell of a lot more valuable than a .350 wOBA in Arizona. Sometimes you’ll also see adjustments for era, which is relevant now given increasing strikeouts and decreasing runs. There are […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Let’s Design a Cole Hamels-to-Boston Trade

Boy is it ever easy to trade away other people’s stuff. From a distance, it’s easy to recognize when a guy has to go, as things are uncomplicated by memories and emotions. It sucks the Philadelphia Phillies just about have to trade Cole Hamels. He’s great, and he’s been there forever, through some really good […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Make Offer to Lester, Putting a Potential Hamels Deal on Hold

#452683600 / Yesterday, we found out the Phillies were doing "background work" on Red Sox prospects. Boston is known to be a possible landing spot for Cole Hamels, but the Red Sox have reportedly made an offer to one of their former aces, which could affect the Phillies chances...
Via Philliedelphia
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Scouting Red Sox System For Possible Hamels Deal

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Phillies are doing background work on several players in the Boston Red Sox system. Catcher Christian Vazquez, outfielder Mookie Betts, and pitcher Matt Barnes are mentioned by name. The Red Sox are on Hamels no-trade list that was recently updated. Rosenthal theorizes that Hamels would likely require the Red Sox...
Via Phillies Nation
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Scouting Three Top Red Sox Prospects

Despite the talk that the Red Sox are hesitant to give up top prospects, it appears at least one of their potential trade partners thinks they might. Multiple reports suggest that the Philadelphia Phillies are doing due diligence on three top Boston kids: catcher Christian Vazquez, starting pitcher Matt Barnes and IF/OF Mookie Betts. Obviously, all this background work would be in...
Via FenwayNation
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The 10 MLB players most likely to be traded this winter

The MLB hot stove season is already off to an active start, with some big signings and trades made before Thanksgiving. Free agency has plenty of options for teams seeking starting pitching or relievers, but those without money to spend might find better options on the trade market. Clubs looking for offensive help will almost certainly have to make a deal to get what they need...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Don't Trade Cole Hamels to the Boston Red Sox

Cole Hamels is probably going to get traded, and it's probably going to be to the Boston Red Sox. Hamels reportedly wants to be dealt. The Phillies need a return on him, and to clear his money. Boston is being reported as a good fit for both. In fact, reports...
Via Philliedelphia
11 days ago  |  1 Comment

Sox Have Shot Down Multiple Trades For Hamels

(Associated Press Photo)According to multiple media reports, the Red Sox have already shot down a couple of trade proposals from the Phillies for their left-handed ace Cole Hamels. Reportedly, Philadelphia has demanded at least three of Boston's "elite" prospects—including emerging stud starter Henry Owens. Despite the rebuffs from Yawkey Way, the channels of trade communication...
Via FenwayNation
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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