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Cole Hamels' list of nine teams not blocked on his NTC is very interesting

When Cole Hamels signed a six-year/$144 million extension during the 2012 season, we knew that he was given a partial no-trade clause. We believed that it allowed him to give the Phillies a list of 21 teams that he could not be traded to, which we know for sure.

Thanks to Fox Sports’ MLB Insider Jon Paul Morosi, we have access to the list of the nine teams, that he can’t block trades to.

 

As for this list, Hamels really gave up all of his leverage. Most players use no-trade clauses to block teams like the Yankees, Rangers, Dodgers and Red Sox, because they know that those teams normally have the ammo and funds to be able to take them on. By not blocking eight of these nine teams, Hamels really left the door open for himself to be traded to an annual contender, and not even have any sort of say in it. 

The Padres, the ninth team I was alluding to, are Hamels’ hometown team, making their inclusion on this list not-so puzzling.

In the end, Hamels being traded still seems extremely unlikely, because Ruben Amaro continues to talk about being a contender in a couple years, which most people think means that the Phillies will keep the 30 year-old lefty. But knowing that he doesn’t have some of the most likely suitors for his services blocked for a potential trade, may push some to call for the Phillies to more seriously explore a franchise-altering trade.  

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