By Kevin K
Although Ruben Amaro Jr. may deny it, the Phillies sound like they are in full on sell mode come the trade deadline. The one player that could bring the Phillies a lot of value in return could be Cole Hamels. The Phillies are currently reportedly working on an offer to Hamels that is expected to be in the ballpark that they know the left-hander will want (via Buster Olney of ESPN). Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reportedly on Monday that "The Phillies are said to be planning to offer at least $120 million to star lefthander Cole Hamels in an effort to keep him in Philadelphia and prevent him from becoming a free agent". If Hamels denies the Phillies offer, the thoughts are that the Phillies will trade him. You could see this going either way in the next week.
Another Phillies reportedly on the market is Phillies CF Shane Victorino. John Morosi of FOX Sports reported that Shane Victorino may be the first big name to be dealt. Victorino is due to be a Free Agent in the off-season and is looking for a 5-year deal.
The one Phillie that no one expected to see interest in is SS Jimmy Rollins. Reports from Danny Knobler are that the Dodgers are interested in Rollins. Knobler's report reads, "Rollins is part of a long list of players the Dodgers are looking at, as they try to trade for both a hitter and a starting pitcher in an effort to keep pace with the Giants in the National League West. But he may be the most intriguing.
While Rollins has been a big disappointment with the Phillies this year, he could be a help to a Dodger team that lost shortstop Dee Gordon to the disabled list. Since Gordon went down with a torn ligament in his right thumb, the Dodgers have played Luis Cruz and Juan Uribe at short."
Now if you put any thoughts onto Twitter, which we don't, Rollins (@JimmyRollins11) did send out a tweet earlier saying, "Everytime we go to Cali I feel like I'm home....even though us Nor Cal peeps think SoCal should be a different state, lol! All Cali love tho".
Could Rollins be going home for good? Will Victorino really be the first "big name to be dealt"? Will Hamels re-sign, or be traded? All these questions and more could be answered with the trade deadline looming ahead.
You can read the CBS Reports here:
Phillies will offer Hamels at least $120 million
Dodgers wide search for help could include Jimmy Rollins