The Philadelphia Phillies, who are one of the top sellers on the market this summer, are trying to sell off some of their trade chips before the July 31 trade deadline.
Their biggest one to date is lefty ace Cole Hamels, who would certainly help any contender in need of a durable strikeout pitcher to put near the top of their starting rotation. The Phillies, who were once hesitant in dealing Hamels, have now not only put him on the trade block, but have offered him to the New York Yankees, as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported on Wednesday.
"The Phillies are said to have requested packages of multiple top prospects from at least the Dodgers, Red Sox and Yankees, with no suggestion yet that any of the other teams have realistic hope to land Hamels."
Heyman did mention though, that the Phillies aren't that keen on the idea of trading away their best pitcher, which is why the Phillies and GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. has demanded multiple top prospects in order to land Hamels.
Heyman did mention though that in order for the Phillies to truly rebuild for the future and start over, Hamels contract should be unloaded and they should be more realistic on their trade demands for their ace.
"But the Phillies would be well served to reverse course, to lower their demands and try to make a real effort to trade Hamels. They need to let go of the idea that this group that once looked like a dynasty can ever recapture its glory, and they need to think seriously about rebuilding. Letting go isn't easy. But it's time. Actually, it's past time. Hamels, who's 5-5 with a 2.72 ERA, could bring them back a decent return, and allow them to re-start. They should be able to get enough back to make it worth their while. It shouldn't take as much as they think because they'd also be able to re-direct his $24-million salary to fill more holes."
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