There is a lot of chatter on the social media channels tonight about Phillie pitcher Cole Hamels. Hamels had been rumored to be "on the auction block" for weeks as the trade deadline fast approaches its 11th hour. Teams like the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and yes, the New York Yankees have been sniffing around. But is the franchise pitcher staying put in the City of Brotherly Love or jetting out of town, perhaps to the Big Apple? According to Fox News and CBS Sports, he's staying put for now.
"Hamels improved to 4-0 in his last five starts with eight shutout innings and allowed six hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. He has walked just one batter in his last three starts -- all Philadelphia wins," reports FOX News. And after the game against the Mets last night, Hamels says he would like to win in Philadelphia again one day.
"All I know is I signed here for a very extended period of time, so that's what I'm going to uphold, to be a Phillie as long as I possibly can because I enjoy it," Hamels said on the club's website.
Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has pushed the word out there to opposing clubs that Hamels is available, yet according to the wires, "his asking price is reportedly so high that other teams are convinced that the club is not serious about moving him." That and Hamels is creating a PR campaign to stay all on his own. Fans on Twitter want to see him in New York.
It's getting interesting. My take is, why not? We need another starter in order to move ahead this year with any sort of chance of playing past September.
--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Senior Staff Writer
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