TRADE TALK: CUBS KICKING PHILLIE COLE HAMELS’ WELL-WORN TIRES

Hamels is not the pitcher he was in 2008 when he hurled the Phillies to the World Series title.

By Sam Bush

While stunningly uninformed CSN and WIP blowhard Michael Barkann beats the drum that:

Cole Hamels is a World Series MVP!

He doesn’t seem to understand that what happened in 2008 counts for nothing in 2015, when teams are kicking the Phillies ace’s well-worn tires in trade consideration.

Hamels is simply on the down side of his sparkling career, as his last two starts have shown.

According to CSN Chicago’s David Kaplan, the Cubs and Phillies are in conversations about a deal that would send the 2008 World Series MVP to the Windy City:

“MLB sources confirmed to me this afternoon that the Cubs have been in discussions with the Phillies on a deal for Cole Hamels who has three years left on his current contract plus an option year. While he is an expensive piece he fits the needs of the team to upgrade their rotation while adding a player who would be a part of the team beyond the rest of this season. The Cubs will probably add an additional starter for depth perhaps as a rental type but that is not expected to be a significant acquisition.”

Meanwhile, CBS Sports says that the Phillies are not enthused about a proposal the Cubs have made that includes top prospect Javier Baez and shortstop Starlin Castro.

Baez is a middle infielder selected by the Cubs with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft. The 22-year-old is a career .282 hitter with 84 home runs and 267 RBIs in five minor league seasons.

While Hamels remains the Phillies’ most valuable trade asset as the deadline approaches, the possibility remains that the team will wait to deal him until the winter time when Andy MacPhail takes over the reigns of the baseball side of the organization.

In the meantime, Hamels is skipping his normal start today against the Cubs’ ace Jon Lester and will pitch tomorrow.

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