No team has given the Phillies reason to trade Hamels yet, has the off-season moves by the Phils been a bust?
It's hardly time for hot stove talk, but lately that's about all the news you hear coming out of the Phillies soon to start camp.
Will Cole Hamels be dealt to a different team? The most recent talk has started again with Jonathan Papelbon being mentioned again in possible trade scenarios.
The talk is that Cole Hamels is still an ace and he should be bringing in a great trade for any deal but so far that hasn't happened. Maybe some teams are still on the fence about the greatness of Cole Hamels. Phillies management still thinks he's great, but maybe that doesn't translate over with other teams that have seen the Phillies go 6 full seasons now after their World Series win to last year's last place finish.
The one player that no one is talking about so far in the near ending off-season is Ryan Howard. Howard's contract is still one that no team would entertain picking up. It's weighed down the options of the Phillies for a long time now, and it's been so bad, it isn't even talked about anymore. Amaro has said the Phillies would probably be better off with out him just a few weeks ago, wasn't he the person that signed Howard on the West Coast to the multi-million dollar deal in a surprise move that was announced on the road?
It's been said by ESPN and others that the Phillies off-season has been a bust, and yes it has. No significant moves have been made and the Phillies still carry a bloated payroll that they can't seem to decrease.