Cole Hamels Trade Likely?
- Updated: April 19, 2014
Cole Hamels will give the Philadelphia Phillies a shot in the arm Wednesday when he makes his 2014 debut against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Will this be the beginning of Hamels’ last season in Philadelphia?
Hamels could be physically available to pitch Tuesday, but will most likely be held back until Wednesday, so he and lefty Cliff Lee don’t pitch in consecutive games. Right-handed starter A.J. Burnett, who has pitched well this season, will pitch in between the two lefties.
Hamels had a solid tune-up this past Thursday, when he tossed 81 pitches at Single-A Clearwater. This weekend he will throw a regularly scheduled bullpen session to tune up for his first start with the big club.
The Phillies ace lefty has been sidelined due to biceps tendonitis that cropped up in November. The injury interfered with Hamels’ off season throwing program and has placed him several weeks behind.
Philadelphia has hung in there without Hamels and is currently 4 games behind the front-running Atlanta Braves in the NL East with a 7-9 record. But the Phillies are a flawed team that isn’t fundamentally sound.
If the Phillies fall way behind early this season, one has to wonder if Hamels could be on the trading block. What is the point in paying a pitcher $25 million when you should be in rebuilding mode?
Sure, it isn’t easy to trade a player making $25 million, but with all the TV money flowing and multiple teams having the ability to fund the lefty, a Hamels trade could happen. If the Phillies management is sane, Hamels should be made available.