The Padres are said to have made “an aggressive offer” for Cole Hamels

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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.

Video: Cubs score run on Pirates’ appeal throw

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2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.

One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.

The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.