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5 Baseball Feats We Want to See in 2015 (But Probably Won’t)

Baseball is back. There may not be three more welcome words among sports fans this side of “Dollar Beer Night.”

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Cole Hamels will draw a considerable amount of media attention as the Phillies are expected to continue to explore trading him leading up to the July 31 deadline. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Cole Hamels will draw a considerable amount of media attention as the Phillies are expected to continue to explore trading him leading up to the July 31 deadline. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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How Should the Phillies Handle Cole Hamles Moving Forward?

While opening day didn't quite go the way Cole Hamels would have liked, allowing four runs -- all on solo home runs -- in five innings, his name will continue to surface in trade talks between now and the July 31 deadline.

But now that the season has started, what is t

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Jonathan Papelbon remains a candidate to be dealt. (Getty images)
Jonathan Papelbon remains a candidate to be dealt. (Getty images)
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Jonathan Papelbon Will Go Anywhere he is Wanted

On a cold day in Clearwater, Phillies fans were looking to closer Jonathan Papelbon to heat things up.  The usually controversial closer kept his thoughts in check however when he met with the media on Friday.

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Phillies placed LHP Cliff Lee on the 60-day disabled list (Photo by: Getty Images)
Phillies placed LHP Cliff Lee on the 60-day disabled list (Photo by: Getty Images)
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Cliff Lee on Cole Hamels: “I Definitely Don’t Want Cole to Get Traded”

While much of the offseason discussion has surrounded whether or not Cole Hamels would be here this season.  The guy who's name is typically reserved for those type of trade talks is Cliff Lee.

However, after being limited to just 13 starts last season

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Cole Hamels acknowledged to USA Today's Bob Nightengale that he wants the Phillies to trade him. (Getty Images)
Cole Hamels acknowledged to USA Today's Bob Nightengale that he wants the Phillies to trade him. (Getty Images)
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Multiple Teams Still Calling on Cole Hamels

Will he stay or will he go now?

That seems to be the question for many Phillies fans as we are just 16 days before pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater.

While Ruben Amaro Jr. has indicated that he th

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Papelbon would need to waive his no-trade clause in order to be traded. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Papelbon would need to waive his no-trade clause in order to be traded. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Report: Brewers Close to Deal for Jonathan Papelbon

Could the Phillies finally have a taker for Jonathan Papelbon?

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Three of the PHillies "aces" from the 2011 season - Cole Hamels #35, Roy Halladay #34, Roy Oswalt #44 (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Three of the PHillies "aces" from the 2011 season - Cole Hamels #35, Roy Halladay #34, Roy Oswalt #44 (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Which Staff is Better? 2011 Phillies or 2015 Nationals

In 2011 the Phillies had their four aces.

In 2015 the Washington Nations may have just one-upped them.

The Phillies rotation of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and rookie Vance Worley, who replaced an injured Joe Blanton, could be one of the best of all-time but when the Nationals signed former Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer to a seven-year deal worth more than $180 million, the Nats just might have an argument that their rotation is better.

With Scherzer, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister

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(Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)
(Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)
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Phillies Continue to Bolster Their Farm System

 

Ruben Amaro Jr, and the Phillies continue to add some bodies to their farm system, by signing three players to minor league contracts earlier this week.

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Charlie Manuel
Charlie Manuel will return to the Phillies as a senior advisor to the general manager. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Orioles Still Interested in Manuel

The Orioles and the Phillies have been linked a few times this offseason, with reports that Baltimore was interested in outfielder Marlon Byrd, and the Phillies were trying to pawn off Ryan Howard in the process. Now it appears that the Orioles have another Phillie on their radar, Charlie Manuel.

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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 25: Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies hits during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 25: Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies hits during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Could The Rays Be Interested in Howard?

The trading of Jimmy Rollins last week to the Dodgers was the first step, for the Phillies in trying to rebuild their roster. It also signified the changing of the guard, the first indication that this franchise is truly prepared to move forward from their 2008 World Series championship team. Now as we look at this roster, its hard not to wonder "Who could be next?", and could that player be Ryan Howard?

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