Ruben Amaro: the goal is to sign and keep Cole Hamels

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Ken Rosenthal spoke with Ruben Amaro and asked for comment on the Cole Hamels stuff from yesterday. Here’s Ruben:

“Our goal is the same as it has been from the beginning. To sign him and keep him long-term in a Phillies uniform … I do not ever discuss the information that is out there, nor those rumors or speculations. This is the time of year where things will be out there. It is the nature of our sport and a product of the time of year.”

Which is General Manager Speak for “Well, sure, if someone offers us a bunch we’ll trade him, but in the very likely event that doesn’t happen, I don’t want to be on record saying we shopped the guy.”

Cubs sign sinkerballer Steve Cishek

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs have signed reliever Steve Cishek. No details about the deal are known yet. For what it’s worth, most relievers are signing two-year deals so far this winter and Cishek’s last deal was a two-year pact.

Cishek, 31-year-old sidearmer who throws a surprisingly fast sinkerball, posted a 2.01 ERA and a 41/14 K/BB ratio and allowed just 26 hits in 44.2 innings between the Mariners and Rays last season. He saved 25 games for the M’s in 2016. Last year he missed the first month and a half of the season following hip surgery, but seemed pretty healthy later in the year.

A nice pickup for Chicago.