Phillies Reportedly Shopping Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee
The off-season is a big ball of fun. Via Buster Olney:
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 10, 2013
While I don’t doubt the veracity of Olney’s report, I am curious as to the motivation behind the Phillies making this public. If the Phillies really are willing to trade Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, everything GM Ruben Amaro has done over the last two seasons — extending Hamels and Chase Utley, re-signing Carlos Ruiz, signing Marlon Byrd — was all for naught. Essentially, the Phillies have entered the off-season without a plan. As easy as it is to discredit the Phillies as of late, I’m not sure we can give them that little credit.
I don’t imagine the Phillies are actually seriously shopping Hamels and Lee. They should be listening on everybody; that’s due diligence. More likely, there is some specific reason, that isn’t obvious to us laypeople, that the Phillies have leaked that they’re shopping their two aces. Maybe I’m giving the front office too much credit.
Then there’s this:
One club says Phils will attach D. Brown if someone takes Papelbon, use $ for a starter
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) December 10, 2013
The two reports cannot both be true; either one is true and one is false, or neither is true. One thing we have forgotten Amaro does, for which we lauded him in the past, is misdirection. The Phillies’ front office frequently either leaked nothing or leaked misinformation before making a move and I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what’s going on now.
Update: Amaro reponds…
Amaro on Lee and Hamels rumors: “I think they’re silly, but that’s ok.” Said they want to add, not subtract.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) December 10, 2013