Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres made an “aggressive offer” to the Phillies for lefty Cole Hamels before pivoting to James Shields.
That comes in the course of his column about Hamels and the Phillies. He doesn’t say exactly what the offer consisted of, but you have to assume it included at least one of the Padres top prospects, which include pitcher Matt Wisler, catcher Austin Hedges and outfielder Hunter Renfroe. Rosenthal says, however, that it’s possible the Phillies don’t consider those guys — or some combination of one of those guys and others — as enough to satisfy the Phillies.
I dunno. There has been a lot of talk about how the Phillies “must move Hamels now!” lately. I’m sort of not buying it. He’s going to be really attractive to contenders as the season wares on. Someone will pony up for him, I bet.
Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that Padres first-round pick Hunter Renfroe is in San Diego today in order to take his physical, the final step before finalizing his contract.
Renfroe, a 22-year-old outfielder out of Mississippi State, was selected No. 13 overall in last month’s First-Year Player Draft. No word yet on the terms involved, but the recommended slot value for the pick is $2.678 million.
Here’s the write-up on Renfroe from our own Matthew Pouliot:
The first of the Hunters to go off the board, Renfroe is a toolsy right fielder with the power to hit balls out of Petco but also contact issues. He hit .352/.440/.634 with 15 homers for Mississippi State this year. He may not hit for a big average in the majors, but he could be a solid enough regular anyway. He’s the first outfielder taken in the top 15 by the Padres since Thomas Howard in 1986.
Assuming everything goes off without a hitch during Renfroe’s physical, that will leave Kris Bryant (Cubs – No. 2 overall), Colin Moran (Marlins – No. 6 overall), Phil Bickford (Blue Jays – No. 10 overall), and Aaron Judge (Yankees – No. 32 overall) as the only first-round picks unsigned from this year’s draft class.
UPDATE: Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that Renfroe will receive a $2,678,000 bonus, which matches the recommended slot value.