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Let The Awkwardness Begin

February 19th, 2015 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Let The Awkwardness Begin | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies


The circus is rolling into town and we’re officially previewing the entertainment. Cole Hamels has all but asked to leave Philadelphia. He spoke to Bob Nightengale of USA Today and was quoted, “I want to go to a place where I can win again” and “I know it’s not going to happen here.” It truly isn’t amazing how much Amaro has been able to blunder this offseason up. From publicly announcing on sports talk radio that the Phillies would be better off without Ryan Howard to the whole Hamels debacle to just the overall inability properly rebuild initiate a rebuild. The only silver lining to all of this is further proof that the Phillies HAVE to remove Amaro from power by season’s end, if not sooner.

Peter Gammons also recently chimed in on the Red Sox-Phillies rumors, stating that short of the Red Sox pitching situation changing, the Phillies are going to have to reconsider their stance on subsidizing a part of Hamels’ contract. Which is was an expected outcome to everyone outside of the Phillies. Even back at the Winter Meetings, Ken Rosenthal was on MLB Network stating that no matter what the Phillies thought Hamels’ value is, his value is only what other teams are willing to give. As I’ve stated before, if the Phillies are content holding Hamels to the trade deadline, then they should be content in subsidizing $15M at the minimum.

The best part is, this is just the beginning. Hamels is gonna keep getting asked similar questions. Ryan Howard is going to be asked about Amaro’s comments. Jonathan Papelbon will be Jonathan Papelbon. So Spring Training is definitely going to be a three-ring circus and Ruben Amaro will be the ringmaster.

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