Cole Hamels: Phillies SP wants to be traded

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Philadelphia Phillies’ starting pitcher Cole Hamels wants to be traded.

The 2015 MLB season hasn’t even started yet and one player is already bad-mouthing his team. The Philadelphia Phillies haven’t made the playoffs since 2011. Sometimes in sports, you have to blow up the team and start preparing for the future. However, Ruben Amaro Jr. has not done that and it has led to years of mediocrity. Despite that, Cole Hamels hasn’t missed a beat. In the past two seasons, even though the Phillies haven’t been competitive, Hamels has put together a record of 17-23, an average ERA of 3.03, and an average WAR of 5.6.

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According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports, Hamels said that winning is not going to happen in Philadelphia and how he doesn’t want to play in a place where he loses.

“I just want to win,” Hamels said. “That’s all. That’s all any competitor wants. And I know it’s not going to happen here. This isn’t what I expected. It’s not what the Phillies expected, either. But it’s reality.”

Knowing that he has been so good despite playing with a bad team, many teams have inquired about the availability of Hamels. One team that has expressed a ton of interest is the Boston Red Sox. According to, the Red Sox have already offered a trade for Hamels. Despite the Red Sox showing the most interest, the Boston Globe reported that three other teams are intrigued about the possibility of bringing Hamels on their roster.

The 31-year-old is still going to get paid $22.5 million for every year until 2018. Hamels has had just season of an ERA above 4.00 and that was his rookie year. Despite the comments and the trade speculation he is getting around the league, the Phils’ general manager still believes that Hamels will be with the team when pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Amaro Jr. also believes that Hamels will be the team’s opening day starter when the league officially begins on April 5.

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