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Why It Makes Sense
With so much money tied up in veterans, it won't be an easy thing to admit, but it is looking more and more like the Phillies' window has begun to close and they will need to start thinking about the franchise's next chapter.
Hamels is still just 28, and in the final year of his current contract he is headed for a monster payday this offseason that could be somewhere in the neighborhood of the seven-year, $161 million deal C.C. Sabathia received last offseason, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
If someone like the Cubs or Dodgers steps forward and makes him that kind of offer, his days in Philadelphia would likely be over, as it is unlikely the Phillies will shell out that much to keep him.
Instead, they'd be wise to move him at the deadline to the highest bidder. He'd amount to little more than a rental player for whoever acquired him, so the Phillies may not be able to get as loaded a package as one would think, but still a better deal than losing him for compensatory picks.
Something like what the Brewers sent to the Indians for Sabathia back in 2008 would be the likely haul. That was their No. 1 prospect (Matt LaPorta), a solid second prospect (Michael Brantley) and two lower-level guys.
Why It Won't Happen
As I said above, it won't be easy for the Phillies to accept the fact that they need to start looking to the future, and it won't take more than a few wins strung together for them to completely abandon any thoughts of selling.
That combined with the fact that their asking price will likely be far more than teams will be willing to cough up for a rental player will result in Hamels finishing out the season in Philly.
From there, it will come down to whether or not the Phillies are willing to pay top dollar and outbid other potential suitors on the open market.