The Philadelphia Phillies are in an interesting position as the MLB trade deadline approaches, as they need to decide if they’re going to be big sellers and if so, how big.
A few players on their roster have been getting attention recently as guys like Cliff Lee and Marlon Byrd are getting attention from a number of contenders, but the most interesting name is one that might not be for sale.
According to ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden, the Philadelphia Phillies posses one of the best trade chips in baseball with Cole Hamels and he’s a guy who could get a lot of attention if David Price isn’t traded before the deadline passes.
In his Insider’s Only piece, Bowden notes that the Phillies are giving off the impression that Hamels won’t be moved or will be hard to give up, at the very least. But should Hamels get traded, Bowden predicts that the return would be Major League ready talent from someone’s farm system and could help the Phillies rebuild faster than they’re one pace to.
Of course, this is all contingent on two things: one being the Rays trading David Price or not and two being the Phillies sudden change of heart when it comes to Hamels. They’ve stuck by him through trade rumors in the past and it looks like that might not change just because the market is starting to look in his direction.
Be sure to stay glued to FanSided’s MLB Rumors page to stay up to date with the latest action and rumbling from the baseball hot stove this trade season.
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