Things have been relatively quiet on the Cole Hamels front this offseason. But not behind the scenes. Oh no. That’s because Ruben Amaro was not impressed by the offers he heard. Or at least that’s what he wants us to believe.
Amaro told CSN that “eight teams have kicked the tires” on a possible Hamels deal, but none of those lit the fires. Additionally, he says four teams have made “real” offers. Just yesterday, bow tie-wearing Miniature Schnauzer Ken Rosenthal reported that the San Diego Padres made “an aggressive offer” for Hamels before they settled and signed James Shields. One of Rosenthal’s sources said that the feeling may be that the Padres just didn’t have enough in their system to make a deal for Hamels. And in Ruben’s eyes, maybe that’s true. But the man has a history of over-valuing his players. And while it can be hard to really overvalue Cole Hamels, it seems like Ruben — content with not moving Hamels for the time being — sure is trying.