Over the winter, we were inundated with national baseball writers clamoring for a Cole Hamels trade. MLB Network fantasized about Hamels going to the Red Sox. Peter Gammons painted GM Ruben Amaro as a despot. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports even called the Phillies’ off-season a “major fail” just before pitchers and catchers reported in February.
Rosenthal has continued the “Phillies must trade Hamels” meme with his latest column, suggesting the team needs to “get real” if they want to trade Hamels to the Red Sox. He starts out by asking the obvious question: “OK, can the Phillies stop asking the Red Sox about center fielder Mookie Betts and catcher Blake Swihart now?”