Philadelphia Phillies – One Last Attempt To Sign Cole Hamels

2 07 2012

by Daniel Seco

The PhiladelpCole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies Pitcherhia Phillies will make at least one more attempt to sign Cole Hamels to a long-term contract before the team fully commits to dealing the left-hander, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.com (via Twitter).  As mentioned earlier today, opposing clubs believe Philadelphia has an asking price of four to five prospects for Hamels, which makes a deal unlikely at this point.  The 28-year-old was selected for his third All-Star team on Sunday after posting a 3.08 ERA with 9.0 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 through 16 starts this season.

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Bleak Outlook for Philadelphia Phillies

16 06 2012

John Morosi on Twitter

Philadelphia PhilliesScout on #Phillies: “They’re not young. They’re not healthy. And their system is thin.” Not a good scenario.

PCPSPORTS TAKE – It’s said but true.  I know it’s not a popular idea but the Phillies best option is to trade Cole Hamels for the biggest haul they can get (which would be substantial).  I say this regardless of where they are in the standings come the trade deadline.  A package that starts with 3B Will Middlebrooks and SS Xander Bogaerts from the Boston Red Sox would get it done for me.





Phillies To Trade Away Stars?

10 05 2012

by Jim Salisbury csnphilly.com

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. witnessed the verbal spanking that Charlie Manuel gave his sleep-walking team after it fell victim to an ugly sweep at the hands of the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

Was it needed?

“Most undoubtedly,” Amaro said Thursday. “It was deserved.”Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies

Was it overdue?

“Maybe,” Amaro said.

Did Amaro feel compelled to jump in and say anything to his stumbling team?

“I didn’t have to,” he said. “Charlie handled it very well.”

As GM, Amaro charts the team’s course with his handling of personnel matters, and, as he pointed out Thursday, “Sometimes change is good.” But for now, Amaro said he was not planning any wholesale changes. A bullpen tweak — the promotion of lefty Jake Diekman — appears on the way, but the bulk of the responsibility of turning around this downbound train lies with the players.

And if things don’t turn around, Amaro said, it could be another busy July for him. Only this time, instead of adding talent — as he did with Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence — he could be looking to sell it off. Read the rest of this entry »





Cliff Lee Reaches Deal With Phillies

14 12 2010

Cliff Lee has reached a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, pending a physical, according to multiple sources.  Just hours ago it was reported that the Phillies had become serious suitors in the Lee sweepstakes after weeks of speculation focused on whether Lee would join the Cliff Lee Signs With Philadelphia PhilliesYankees or remain with the Rangers.  Many sources had reported that there was a mystery third team involved but few believed it to be true.  MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan was the first to report the surprise signing.  According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the deal with the Phillies is for 5 years at approximately $20 million per year.  If this is true, Lee left a lot of money on the table in order to return to the City of Brotherly Love.

Lee will join a rotation that already includes Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels, and National League 2010 Cy Young Winner Roy Halladay.  If all four men remain healthy, it could arguably be the best rotation in the history of Major League Baseball.





Lee to Start Game 1…Lidge to Blame?

6 10 2009

by Michael DeLuca

Phils’ skipper Charlie Manuel has announced that Cliff Lee will start Game 1 of the National League Division Series for the Philadelphia Phillies against Colorado on Wednesday afternoon. Lee, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, got the nod over Cole Hamels, who was MVP of both the World Series and National League Championship Series last year for the Phils. After being traded to the Phils midseason, Lee went 5-0 with a 0.68 ERA in his first five outings. He stumbled down the stretch, however, going 2-4 with a 6.13 ERA in his last seven starts. Manuel’s decision wasn’t very surprising, considering that Lee had pitched against Houston last Thursday and has five days rest while Hamels would have had to come back on just three. Had Manuel wanted the postseason rotation to start off with Hamels, he certainly could have made adjustments prior to those outings.

While I won’t say that I disagree with the decision (I kinda do), I do wonder if it’s what Charlie really wanted to do? Manuel’s a loyal guy and you’d think he’d be compelled to go with a guy that carried his team to the promise land just last year. I have to wonder if Manuel’s unwavering (and unrewarded) loyalty to Brad Lidge throughout the season forced his hand when making the decision on the game one starter?





Pedro Will Start on Wednesday; Moyer to Pen

10 08 2009

By Mike Gill

Martinez will start on Wednesday

Martinez will start on Wednesday

The Phillies made it official today; Pedro Martinez will take over the fifth spot in the rotation, moving 46-year old Jamie Moyer to the bullpen.

A situation that was talked about since Martinez was inked about a month ago, finally played itself out a day after Moyer gave up 11 hits and three runs in a 12-3 loss to the Marlins.  The Phillies rotation, a question mark early in the season is now shaping up to be a potential strength.

There are still some questions to be answered.

1. Will Cole Hamels turn his mediocre season around?
2. Can rookie J.A. Happ continue to pitch at such a high level?
3. Will Pedro be able to find the form he displayed when he was the leagues top pitcher?
4. How will the bullpen look once everyone is healthy?

Just a few of the questions on my mind, feel free to weigh in.





Law on Lee…

29 07 2009

By Mike Gill

Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee

The Phillies have gotten themselves a second-fiddle.  By acquiring Cleveland left-hander Cliff Lee, the Phillies have bolstered their rotation by adding more depth behind Cole Hamels.

Today on the Sports Bash on 97.3 ESPN FM in South Jersey, ESPN The Magazine’s Keith Law talks about the deal, how Lee will fit in with the Phils and about the deal for Halladay that wasn’t made.

He had some very interesting things to say about Kyle Drabek and much more…a must listen.

Click here to listen to Keith Law on the Sports Bas on 97.3 ESPN