As an impending – seemingly any minute now – trade with the Nationals for Jonathan Papelbon is in the works, he’s got a jersey hanging in his locker with the Phils in Toronto, but he isn’t there yet. Has he been told to stay home? Did he forget he was supposed to be in Canada? We should know soon.
The Phillies don’t want to risk scuffing up their shiny Cole Hamels and will move his scheduled Thursday start to Friday… when he’ll start against the Angels for the Dodgers in Los Angeles:
Anyone actually take the Phillies up on that bait-and-switch?
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According to Jayson Stark, Ruben Amaro is setting mid-week deadlines like that tenth grade teacher you never liked.
“The Philadelphia Phillies have told several teams interested in acquiring Cole Hamels that they’d like to get their ‘best’ offers by Wednesday,” Stark reported. “The team would then make a decision about where — and whether — to trade him.” The teams involved include the Dodgers, Rangers, Cubs, Giants, Astros, Diamondbacks, Yankees, and Red Sox. Sounds great, right? Well: “In the case of about half of that group, the Phillies initiated those talks in an attempt to reopen discussion about players whom those clubs had said previously they’d be unwilling to trade.” Classic Ruben. That no-hitter premium has been inserted back into the price.
A surefire deadline is a good thing though. If teams get their best offer into the Phils by, say 4 PM tomorrow, that only gives Amaro and his compatriots 48 hours to totally muff it.
Katie Nolan was at Citizens Bank Park at some point in the not too distant past to film a bit for her show – hated by Phil Mushnick – which aired last night. That’s it. That’s the whole story. Looks fun.
Subject to change, I presume?
Side note: I’m about 92% confident Amaro does nothing before Thursday, Cole pitches, blows out his arm, Phillies left with the most laughable peak-value-trade-deadline-failure in history.
John Bolaris, a baseball insider and nothing else, is known for nothing if not his consistently accurate predictions. So yesterday, being that he’s been a well-connected source on this these things for a long, long time, Twitter caught fire when the baseball oracle started reporting on Cole Hamels trade discussions:
This is as rock-solid as it gets. There’s no reason not to trust an insider like Bolaris. MLB hot stove and deadline news usually emanates from someone like Jayson Stark, Jon Heyman, Ken Rosenthal, or John Bolaris. So you can write this deal in ink. Have fun in Boston, Cole.
Comcast SportsNet posted video of the celebration in the clubhouse after Cole Hamels’ no-hitter. It’s up there with the reception Roy Halladay received after his perfect game. Here are the nine best things about it.
1) The nonchalant way millionaire Ryan Howard hands millionaire Cole Hamels a Bud Light
2) Howard’s excitement, either for his friend and longtime teammate’s no-hitter… or for said cheap beer
3) Jonathan Papelbon’s Pat Burrell-Macho Row getup
4) Cole Hamels’ “good luck following that, kid” look to Aaron Nola, who had to start on Sunday
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I mean, Harry’s voice alone will do it to you, but with Cole Hamels’ impending trade later this week, you might as well start the waterworks.
WIP put together an audio montage of Hamels’ career highlights (mostly 2008 and 2009)– including his “I hit Bryce Harper on purpose” confession: