Amaro: ‘Nothing imminent’ with Hamels
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is still talking with other clubs regarding prized trade chip Cole Hamels, but evidently there is nothing on the immediate horizon in terms of a deal, and Hamels seems likely to start the season in Philadelphia.
“We continue to have dialogue with other clubs about making more change,” Amaro told MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki before Tuesday’s Phillies winter banquet. “I don’t know if anything is going to happen. Nothing is really imminent.”
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Amaro doesn’t feel any pressure to move Hamels. He even said he expects to see Hamels on the mound for Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park.
“I think Cole Hamels is going to be in our uniform, frankly,” Amaro told the Inquirer. “I don’t really foresee him being moved. It is possible, because we’re literally keeping our minds and eyes and ears open on every player that we have on our roster. That said, he’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. And so, if we were to move him, we’re going to have to get some of the best prospects in baseball back.”
The Padres, Red Sox and Cardinals are among the teams rumored to be interested in Hamels, who is scheduled to make $23.5 million per year over the next four years — with a $20 million team option for a fifth.
Pat Gillick, the team’s interim president, echoed Amaro’s sentiment about a Hamels trade not being likely any time soon. But Gillick seemed slightly more optimistic that something could get done before Opening Day.
“If somebody is interested in a top-of-the-line pitcher I think [Hamels] would be somebody you’d have to consider,” Gillick told MLB.com. “It’s funny. In this game, things change. People are not in the mood to do something, then they go to Spring Training and all of a sudden … they realize they want to be competitive and want to do something. A lot of this maybe will shake out in Spring Training. I’d look for probably more interest in a lot of our players come Spring Training.”
— AJ Cassavell