Cole Hamels is available from the Philadelphia Phillies as a big-ticket item. Will some organization be willing to overpay for a rental or make long-term commitment?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 5-2 Outcome
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Rube Amaro is demanding 5 top prospects in return for 2 months of King Cole. So, unless a GM is willing to part with that high price and sign him for 7 years at $25M per, it is a futile exercise. Is it worth the roll of the dice for the minefield that is the postseason? Perhaps, it’s a signal to his agent that other franchises also have limits. In other words, it is a negotiation tactic for a more reasonable re-upping. That said, you can count on a plethora of rumors, possible and ridiculous.
The red pinstripes will proceed in 1 of 3 directions. The first is that they will be 10 games out of the 2nd wild card by the break, and be sellers near mid-July. Or they will go 3-3 during the next 2 series, basically treading water. The second is that they are a beat team, which means that it won’t make a difference with Doc Halladay and Ryan Howard on the 25-man roster.
The final possibility is that after a few soul-searching days, they will be re-energized, have all their elite players back, and initiate their run for the playoffs. I feel that they are an in-the-dumps crew that needs some downtime for self-analysis. It would be nice to see a rebound over the Mets and Braves with a 4-2 record. However, the problem hasn’t just been the loss of 3 stars, but that their cornerstone group has been absent. Chase Utley and Howard are 2 of the core 4 that produced this champion. Hamels has shouldered last place since Doc went down, while Jimmy Rollins has struggled to carry the load of the 3 central regulars. The 6 road battles after the 4 days off will decide their fate.
He is the only breakout youngster from 2012 to duplicate his success. He has lasted 7 complete in 4 of 12 efforts with 2 debacles. His line against the Mets at the Bank in April was: 6 full, 8 hits, 4 all-earned runs, 4 free passes and 5 strikeouts on 99 bullets.
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He has worked 6.1 innings plus in 7 of 15 attempts with 3 clunkers. His mark at the Bank was: 1-0, 1.54 ERA, 11.2 frames, 9 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 5 BB and 10 K’s.
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Quality number of the pitcher: 1 – 5
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