Hamels No Longer On Trade Market
By: Derek Lentz
The speculation of where Cole Hamels could be traded has ended Wednesday as he will remain a Philadelphia Phillie. Hamels is close to signing a six year deal that would pay him $140 million (C.C. Sabathia is the highest paid pitcher 7 years/$161 million). Many thought that since the Phillies are so far out of playoff contention that they would trade Hamels for some prospects, with the possibility of signing him after the season. Even though the Phillies are having their worst season in a long time, they have been National League East Champions the last five seasons. Hamels must believe that the Phillies aren’t rebuilding, but are just not having a good year which can be contributed heavily by injuries to big name players such as Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Roy Halladay. The Phillies will still trade some of their players at the trade deadline. A list of possible players that could be traded are: Shane Victorino, Juan Pierre, Hunter Pence, and Placido Polanco.
With Hamels out of the trade market, the demands have just risen for other starting pitchers. Names that could be dealt before the trade deadline are Josh Johnson, Zack Greinke, James Shields and Matt Garza. The biggest name out of the group will no doubt be Greinke as he will be a free agent next season. The Brewers are looking to get some value for him, and now he is the most prized pitcher on the market. Things should get interesting in the next week with the trade deadline approaching July 31.