Report: Phils and Blue Jays Discuss Hamels, Victorino Deal [POLL]
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Blue Jays have "engaged in dialogue" with the Phillies regarding a trade for Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino.
While the Phillies are a long way from giving up on the season trading two of the younger pieces could be something that they have to consider if they consider to play sub-par baseball. Both are free agents at the end of the season and if the team looks like it might not make the playoffs, both could grab young talent in return.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that the team could be sellers at the trade deadline a day before this report comes out.
The Jays are an interesting name remember, it was reported this winter that the Phils are believed to have interest in reacquiring catcher Travis d'Arnaud who was a part of the Roy Halladay deal.
Could this be Cliff Lee 2.0?
The Phillies made a horrible deal sending Lee to Seattle, only to bring him back to Philadelphia. Hamels could essentially be sent to Toronto if the Phillies aren't going to make the playoffs, then be signed and brought back in the off-season.
How realistic is that?
There are already questions as to weather Hamels would want to come back with a declining everyday line-up or weather the Phillies can even afford to bring him back with Halladay, Lee and Howard already bringing in over $20 million per season.
If the Phillies don't turn it around fast, let the intrigue being...