National League GM says Phillies’ asking price for Cole Hamels hasn’t dropped “one bit”


Cole Hamels was lit up for five earned runs by the Nationals in his last turn through the Phillies’ starting rotation and he stands 0-2 with a 5.00 ERA through three starts this season. But that doesn’t mean the 31-year-old left-hander is suddenly going to come at a discount for teams looking to trade for him.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe spoke to a National League general manager who has been inquiring about Hamels for his big Sunday notes column and asked whether the Phillies’ sky-high winter and spring asking price has dropped in recent weeks. The general manager’s response: “Not one bit.”

And why should it? You can include Hamel’s poor start to the 2015 season and he still boasts a 3.03 ERA (126 ERA+) over his last 874 major league innings. Trust the larger sample size. And his remaining contract (four years, $94 million) is a bargain in a market where Max Scherzer can command a $210 million deal.

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. will be hoping Hamels stays healthy and teams get more desperate.

It’s imperative to the rebuild in Philly that the ace fetches a significant package of talent.