The Philadelphia Phillies, who are currently sitting in last place in the NL East with a record of 40-51, are expected to be sellers at the trade deadline. However, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that general manager Ruben Amaro has made it clear not everyone is on the block, including Cole Hamels.
Zolecki writes that Hamels is likely among the "most untouchable" of the players currently on the Phillies roster.
Hamels is under contract until 2018 and owed $90 million, with a $20 million club option for 2019, and a $6 million buyout. The 2019 option can also vest for $24 million if he hits innings-pitched requirements. Hamels also has a limited no-trade clause, as reported by Fox Sports' Jon Morosi.
Cole Hamels can be traded to LAD, LAA, STL, WAS, ATL, NYY, BOS, TEX, SD without his permission, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 8, 2014
Six of the nine teams on the list are within 2.5 games of a wild card spot.
The 30-year-old Hamels has a 2.87 ERA and 1.23 WHIP on the season, similar to the numbers he put up in 2011 and 2012, when he finished in the top 10 of Cy Young voting.
- Aaron Somers