It was a joke, not a trade: Cole Hamels’ nameplate gone from Phillies’ clubhouse


This morning Cole Hamels was scratched from his scheduled Friday start with a hamstring strain and this afternoon when the media entered the Phillies’ clubhouse they noticed that his nameplate and various belongings were gone from his locker.

That series of events–plus months of Hamels trade rumors–led to speculation that a trade may have happened, but instead it was just a joke by … well, no one is sure yet.

I hope it turns out general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did it.