On Trading Cole Hamels….


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This morning, I responded to Ken Rosenthal’s tweet of his article on the Phillies trading Cole Hamels with this:

Now, to be fair, I was a little bit over the top there, and actually, Rosenthal ended up being a decent guy about it. With that said, I think people are drawing the wrong conclusions about what the Phillies need to do with Cole Hamels. Rosenthal is right that Ruben Amaro needs to start getting these deals done, especially Hamels, while he can. He’s also 100% correct that it is ridiculous for Amaro to think he’s going to trade all of Hamels’ contract AND get back a premium prospect package. Where I think he and others get it wrong is that they jump to the conclusion that the Phillies are wrong for asking for the Mookie Betts and Blake Swihart’s of the world. I disagree. Hamels is absolutely worth a roster changing package. Hamels and his contract are not worth a roster changing package together though.

Basically, I think Ruben Amaro Jr. needs to trade Hamels (and others) now. I think he has two options on trading Hamels:

  1. Eat about $40 million ($10 million a year) and demand premium prospects. It still saves them a lot of money, and brings in talent.
  2. Eat nothing or little money, and take a larger quantity package.

In other words, I think this is about quality vs. quantity. Amaro is foolishly thinking he can move off the entire contract and get roster changing prospects in a deal. I don’t think that’s reasonable. It doesn’t matter if you want to talk about Boston or San Diego here, it’s unreasonable.

Since we’re talking Boston though, for my money I want Henry Owens more than Swihart or Betts anyway.


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