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.

Roberto Osuna to be the Astros new closer

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When the Astros acquired suspended reliever Roberto Osuna it was viewed as a low-price move to bolster their bullpen. Now, it turns out, it was a move to get a closer. Manager A.J. Hinch said as much today, anyway, telling MLB Network Radio that Osuna is going to get most of Houston’s save chances going forward.

This comes the morning after a late innings loss to the Mariners. The closer who Osuna is going to take over for — Hector Rondon — didn’t even pitch in that game, with the damage coming on a three-run Robinson Cano homer off of Collin McHugh. Rondon has blown saves in two of his last three appearances, however, coughing up runs against the Mariners at home on August 12 and against the A’s this past Friday.

Osuna has made five appearances since joining the Astros, allowing one run, striking out three and walking one in five innings of work. Before that he saved nine games for the Blue Jays prior to his domestic violence suspension.