The MLB Trade Deadline is right around the corner and as a result, teams may be putting players on the market that aren’t really technically up for sale.
That seems to be the case for Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels, who is on the market and out there for trade offers but isn’t really someone that the Phillies are looking at trading with any degree of seriousness.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Phillies may have made Hamels available on the market but they’re not giving off the impression that they’re serious about making a deal that will move him before the deadline passes.
The Phillies are said to have requested packages of multiple top prospects from at least the Dodgers, Red Sox and Yankees, with no suggestion yet that any of the other teams have realistic hope to land Hamels.
This is hardly surprising as it was pretty obvious that the Phillies were making Hamels ‘available’ simply because there were so many teams asking about him. It would have been malpractice if Philly didn’t then dangle Hamels to see if there was a deal out there that would blow them away and there’s now no harm because there isn’t.
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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