I know how this works. I write that headline and this post and, an hour from now, Ruben Amaro trades Chase Utley, Cliff Lee and, inexplicably, Ryan Howard. Then the people who hate me on Twitter troll me. Then I shake my damn head. And then the people who troll me go upstairs to eat the sandwiches their mothers prepared for them (turkey and cheese today, sweeties!). I’ve seen this show before.
But Todd Zolecki is reporting that the Phillies likely won’t trade Cole Hamels (I’m actually OK with this because, with some luck, the Phils could be good again before Hamels retires), and maybe not Lee, Papelbon or Byrd:
Do not expect Cole Hamels to be traded before Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
There has been plenty of speculation recently about his availability, but sources told MLB.com on Tuesday that the Phillies have had no substantive talks with any team about him. That includes the Dodgers. There are multiple reports that the Dodgers and Phillies have been in contact recently, and the Phillies have requested the Dodgers’ top three prospects to make a deal.
But one source said the Phillies have made no such requests because the two teams have not talked that in depth.
A source said the Phillies haven’t gotten particularly close to the finish line in any trade discussions. They have numerous players available, including Cliff Lee, Jonathan Papelbon, Marlon Byrd, A.J. Burnett and Antonio Bastardo, but some teams believe Ruben Amaro Jr. is under pressure to deal and ultimately will sell low to make a trade. They seem to be waiting for Amaro to cave.
Gah. Between this and Rube telling the WIP Morning Show yesterday that, yeah, there’s the offseason, too, I’m sort of nervous that no one gets moved and the Phillies acquire exactly… carry the 2… no prospects. Then again, maybe waiting until the offseason means waiting until Ruben Amaro is fired (please oh dear lawdy), when a new GM, presumably one with a fundamental grasp on the differences between plate appearances and at-bats, is at the helm. Otherwise, we wind up with Tyson Gillies part doh!