MLB Trade Deadline: Why the Philadelphia Phillies Should Trade Cole Hamels

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MLB Trade Deadline: Why the Philadelphia Phillies Should Trade Cole Hamels
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The Philadelphia Phillies are in last place in the NL East and aren't likely to re-sign Cole Hamels this offseason. So, why not trade him at the deadline?

Hamels has been an integral piece in the Phillies' success over the past few seasons, and was the breakout star of their World Series run in 2008.

But Hamels will be seeking a huge contract this offseason, on par with or greater than the seven figure deals of his teammates Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay.

The Phillies already sport the second-highest payroll in the MLB at $174 million for 2012, and will not be able to add another $20 million to the books in 2013 for Hamels. So why not just deal him at the deadline and get some top flight prospects in return?

Here are four reasons why dealing Hamels at the trade deadline is the best move Philadelphia in the long run.

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