Amaro expects Hamels to take the mound Opening Day
When the Phillies’ pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater, Fl. for Spring Training later this month, expect Cole Hamels to be among them.
Ruben Amaro Jr., the club’s general manger, reiterated a point earlier this month, telling ESPN’s Jayson Stark that he expects Hamels to be with the team during Spring Training and to take the mound as the Opening Day starter.
“I don’t know that for sure,” Amaro told Stark. “That could change in a phone call or two, just like with anyone else. But I would expect him to be in camp.”
Philadelphia has begun to overhaul its roster this offseason but dealing Hamels, its ace, would signal a full-scale rebuild. Amaro has been open about his willingness to listen to other teams offers for Hamels, but they “haven’t gotten to the finish line with these teams.”
Perhaps the reason has been the Phillies large asking price. Amaro is seeking a large overhaul of prospects and is not willing to pay much, if any, of the remaining $96 million on Hamels’ contract. Stark reports Amaro is telling teams that he needs to “win the deal” in order to complete the trade.
The Padres had been one of the teams linked to Hamels, but after reportedly agreeing to a deal with free agent James Shields, it is highly unlikely San Diego will also trade for Hamels.
Stark reports that the Rangers, Dodgers and Cardinals have stayed in close contact with the Phillies about Hamels as of late. St. Louis and Los Angeles have said they are content with their current rotation headed into camp and the Rangers traded for Yovani Gallardo recently.