The Philadelphia Phillies are in the middle of a horrible season and they have to be happy the first half has mercifully come to a close. The Phillies enter the All-Star break with a 37-50 record and are a whopping 14 games back of the Washington Nationals for first place in the National League East. As a result the Phillies are likely to be sellers in the second half of the season.
One player likely on his way out of town is three-time All-Star starting pitcher Cole Hamels. In fact, Hamels has now stated publicly that he’s open to a move, and he’s even open to re-signing with the Phillies if they do trade him.
The best move for the Phillies would be to ship Hamels to a contender before the trade deadline netting prospects in return, then try to re-sign him in the offseason.
As things stand, the Los Angeles Dodgers will likely be heavily involved in any discussions involving Hamels, especially because they will have the money to be the highest bidder for him this offseason. The Phillies don’t have a whole lot of payroll flexibility so the Dodgers would almost surely be able to out-bid them for the southern California native this winter.
The Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Angels and Cincinnati Reds will all surely be in the mix for Hamels at the trade deadline. He will almost certainly be the top target of every contending team, since it’s rare that a genuine top-of-the-rotation starter is available at the trade deadline.
So far in 2012, Hamels is 10-4 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. In 118 innings, Hamels has allowed just 101 hits and 42 earned runs, while striking out 118 and walking just 29 batters.