Phillies have received four “real offers” for Cole Hamels

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Jim Salisbury, the Phillies beat writer for CSNPhilly.com, shares the following report …

A week before spring training, a number of Phillies remain very much available for trades.

Cole Hamels is still the most coveted Phillie.

How many teams have shown interest in the left-hander this offseason?

“Eight teams have kicked the tires,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told CSNPhilly.com on Wednesday.

How many teams have made offers?

“Real offers?” Amaro said.

“Four.”

ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported Monday that the Padres, Rangers, Dodgers, and Cardinals have “stayed in contact with Phillies on Hamels,” so perhaps those are the four teams that have made these “real” offers.

San Diego can probably be ruled out after the James Shields signing, but Texas, Los Angeles, and St. Louis might all still be in play. Interestingly, Hamels’ no-trade clause doesn’t cover any of those three clubs.

Hamels, who turned 31 years old in December, posted an outstanding 2.46 ERA (1.51 ERA+) and 8.7 K/9 across 204 2/3 innings last season for Philadelphia. He is due $94 million over the next four years and carries a $24 million vesting option (or $20 million team option with a $6 million buyout) for the 2019 season.

Wade Miley will start NLCS Game 5 for Brewers

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The Brewers haven’t yet decided what route to go for Game 4 of the NLCS, but Wade Miley will start Game 5, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Miley will be on three days’ rest after starting Game 2 on Saturday.

Miley, 31, has yet to give up a run this postseason. He made his postseason debut in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Rockies, hurling 4 2/3 scoreless innings. He then went 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Dodgers.

Jhoulys Chacín is starting tonight’s Game 3. It seems likely the Brewers will go with an “opener” in Game 4. Who that will be likely depends on which pitchers are used tonight.