The market for Cole Hamels is getting bigger

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Over the winter and during spring training, many columns were filed criticizing Phillies GM Ruben Amaro for not trading ace Cole Hamels. Amaro was being too unrealistic, they said. The risk of Hamels getting injured was too high to not sell now, they wrote.

Amaro, often criticized beyond what is necessary, probably made the right call. The latest batch of news points to a widening market for Hamels. The Cardinals watched ace Adam Wainwright succumb to a season-ending injury on Saturday night. The Red Sox starting rotation collectively has a 5.75 ERA after Wade Miley’s disastrous outing on Sunday afternoon. Dodger pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu are both injured, and they started Scott Baker on Sunday against the Padres. While Baker pitched well, he’s no Hamels.

Teams rarely make it through an entire season — or even through July — with their starting rotation intact. Some pitchers will suffer injuries, others will unexpectedly perform poorly. When the thought of competing for a post-season berth or actually competing in the post-season without a reliable starting pitcher or two sets in, teams become a little more willing to pay premium for quality starting pitching.

Hamels is currently 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA and a 23/12 K/BB ratio in 24 innings for the Phillies this season.

Cavan Biggio hits for the cycle

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Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.

Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.

After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.