If you don’t read Nick Cafardo’s Sunday baseball column around this time of year, or really all year for that matter, you are doing yourself a great disservice as a baseball fan. His weekly column on the Boston Globe is fill of baseball nuggets and notes, that become especially important around the MLB trade deadline.
Earlier, I passed along that Cafardo said that both the Giants and Blue Jays had unsuccessfully checked in on Chase Utley‘s services. He also had quite a bit to say on the Cole Hamels front today, perhaps none bigger than this.
One major league source said if the Phillies get a taker on the full contract and they get three top prospects, he’s gone, and Hamels, according to another major league source, wouldn’t mind.
The biggest part I take out about that is that Hamels ‘wouldn’t mind’ a trade. Publicly Hamels has seemed content to remain in Philly, but it is almost encouraging if he is open to a trade, because he isn’t killing his trade value by speaking out against the Phillies to the media like Jonathan Papelbon, but he is staying quiet, and waiting to see what the team will do. That’s how you go about actually being traded.
The Phillies asking price is very unlikely to be met by any team, because it would require taking on at least $96 million over the next four seasons, and blowing up your farm system. Considering how well Hamels has pitched this year and the fact that he is nowhere near free-agency, the Phillies probably shouldn’t be asking for anything short of that type of King’s ransom for the 30 year-old lefty.
But Cafardo says that even though the Red Sox and Blue Jays are among the teams interested in Hamels, the Phillies are yet to hear a phone call on Hamels that they like.
3. Cole Hamels, LHP, Phillies — The Phillies have been discouraged by what they’re hearing from other teams on Hamels. The Phillies consider him their biggest trade chip, but will hold on to him if they don’t get what they consider a fair deal.
Fair enough. It’s not that holding onto Hamels would be discouraging, he might be having the best season of his career, but if you don’t end up moving him or Utley, where does the roster turnover and influx of young talent come from?