Phillies Trade Rumors: Latest on Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels and the 'Phils
The MLB Trade Deadline is in a mere eight days, and rumors are swirling around Philadelphia stars Jimmy Rollins and Cole Hamels, among others.
Their five-year postseason streak looks to be coming to an end, and with the second highest payroll in baseball, the Phillies could be sellers at the deadline.
Scouts are streaming into Citizens Bank Park to scout the team's top talent, as potential contenders around the league are looking for the missing piece to add their roster.
Some of the Phillies' cornerstones are being tossed around into the hot stove. So, let's take a look at the latest trade rumors for the ‘Phils.
Hamels is perhaps the hottest name being mentioned at the deadline.
He is a surefire ace, and would bolster the top of any rotation.
However, the Phillies are in heated negotiations to re-sign their 28-year-old free agent to be. According to ESPN, Phildelphia has offered Hamels a six-year deal somewhere in the range of the $127.5 million extension the Giants’ Matt Cain received earlier this season.
However, Hamels has expressed in the past that he would like to test the waters in free agency, as he told Comcast SportsNet.
If the Phillies can't ink Hamels to a deal in the next few days, you could very well see him on the block, as the Phillies look to get something out of him as he exits in free agency.
There will be no shortage of teams in line either.
Each of these teams is looking to add a starter for a playoff push, and if the Phillies did decide trade Hamels, they would get a bounty of prospects in return.
This whole process really just comes down to if Hamels is willing to re-up or not. If he doesn't, he could very well be playing for another squad by August.
Jimmy Rollins has been a cornerstone of the franchise for over a decade.
But with the team’s recent struggles, it seems that he could be on the block.
According to Danny Knobler of cbssports.com, the Dodgers are giving Rollins a long look, as they seek to add pop to the middle of their lineup in their chase of the first place Giants.
Rollins has been a big disappointment with the Phillies this year—he could be a help to a Dodger team that lost shortstop Dee Gordon to the disabled list. Since Gordon went down with a torn ligament in his right thumb, the Dodgers have played Luis Cruz and Juan Uribe at short.
Rollins wouldn't be the easiest person for Philadelphia to trade, though. He is 33 years old, and will be on the books for $22 million over the next two seasons.
He also has a full no-trade clause in his contract, and has already said he would shoot down any deal that's not to a West coast contender, according to Jason Stark of ESPN.
Still, trading Rollins would cut much needed payroll, and could bring in an influx of talent to the farm system.
It's not entirely likely that Rollins will be dealt, but the Phillies would be smart to at least look at the possibility.
Pretty Much Everyone Else Is Also on the Block
When the deadline approaches, names are thrown around faster than Ray Allen can get up a three.
For the Phillies, it has been no different.
Pretty much everyone on the roster with a tradeable contract or that has potential value, has been rumored to be on the block.
Hard-nosed outfielder Shane Victorino will be a free agent after this season, and therefore the Phillies could very well deal him.
Hunter Pence was just acquired by the Phillies at this time last year, but he could very well be on the move again this season.
He is a career .290 hitter and is arbitration eligible for next season, putting him beyond the category of a two-month rental player.
He has been linked to a number of teams, including the Detroit Tigers, according to isportsweb.com.
Even ace Cliff Lee could be traded. He's had a down year with the team, with an 1-6 record and a 3.72 ERA, but he still has value.
He’s a proven postseason performer and teams are lining up to check-in on his availability.
This includes his former team, the Texas Rangers, who actually already traded for him once at the deadline in 2010.
According to CBS's Jon Heyman, the Rangers aren't on Lee's 21-team no-trade list. So it is a possibility that he ends up back in Arlington by next week.