Good Offers?

February 12th, 2015 by Mike H. | Filed under Baseball, Phillies.

One of my greatest pet peeves regarding Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has always been about timing. When there is time to wait and process as much information as possible, Amaro almost always seems to jump the gun. Remember the first Cliff Lee deal when we got Doc? Or how about the complete debacle of the Hunter Pence experiment? Not to be out done by himself, which is another problem he suffers from, when time is of the essence, Amaro comes off as ambivalent and nonchalant.

Amaro recently spoke with Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly and revealed that eight teams have contacted the Phillies in regards to the best possible trade chip, Cole Hamels. Of those eight, four teams have made “good offers”. What a “good offer” entails is subject to debate, but if you’ve received a good offer, why are you sitting on it? What is the difference between a good offer and a great offer? Is it simply that he’s fixated on Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart? Is the amount of subsidy he’s willing to offer keeping him from that great offer?

Look at it this way, if the Phillies are content to hold on to Hamels to the trade deadline, they are willing to pay roughly two-thirds of Hamels’ 2015 salary. That is roughly fifteen million dollars. If the Phillies are content with paying fifteen million dollars to Hamels, why aren’t they comfortable paying that amount, or slightly more, to a team now to increase the quality of the return AND spread that dollar amount of the remaining life of the contract. It just makes way too much sense to subsidize fifteen to twenty million dollars to help improve that return. It also makes way too much sense to allow Hamels to throw even one warm up toss in camp as any kind of injury is the difference between setting the franchise back further than it already has been.

Amaro has been on record saying that he needs a “win” in this situation. In my opinion, no matter how good the “win” is, it simply just does not outweigh the all the losses both on the field and off it.

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