DID HAMELS’ MASTERPIECE MOVE PHILLIES TRADE NEEDLE? MAYBE NOT

The Phillies have been open to moving Hamels for a year now, and they got serious about dealing him last winter. A deep free-agent pitching class negatively impacted his trade value in the offseason, and an even deeper class awaits next offseason.

So while the Phillies have been adamant all along about getting both major salary relief (Hamels is due to make a minimum of $78 million between now and the end of 2018) and netting at least two near-major league-ready players, the industry has not exactly complied. Neither, in fact, has Hamels himself. This has been a down year, especially by his lofty standards. He went into Saturday with an adjusted ERA+ of 96, putting him in danger of his first below-average season in that stat since 2009.

Check out the piece:

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/138681130/cole-hamels-no-hitters-impact-on-trade-talks

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