Cole Hamels reportedly signs 6-year 144 MILLION CONTRACT!
Batting practice has begun!
Dusty Wathan is pitching. So far we have spotted Darrin Ruf, Troy Hanzawa, Sebastian Valle, Cesar Hernandez and leandro Castro.
Leandro Castro takes a ball yard!
Cesar Hernandez takes one long!
Leandro Castro sends one over the
Sebastian Valle sends a ball over the billboards in left field!
Castro sent one out again
ETA: watching Jordan Whatcott being interviewed after a picture of all the All Star R-Phils is taken…will post later…
Baseball Ross and I will be at the Eastern League All Star Game tomorrow, as well as the Reading Phillies game on Thursday.
Stay tuned for posts live from Reading!
It was only yesterday and even earlier today when it seemed every major news source was reporting that the Phillies were burning up the phone lines looking to gauge interest in Cole Hamels. Heck, even CBS Sports reported that “Cole will not sign with the phillies”.
Today, Rabid Ruben claims that they plan to keep Hamels “in our uniform in the short term and long term” as reported in the Inquirer by Matt Gelb.
It makes me wonder what caused such a shift in 24 hours? Fan outrage? Since trading Hamels at this point would amount to a “rental” did they not find a good enough deal? Did people call can cancel season ticket orders for next year?
Chad Qualls gets his wish and is traded to the Yankees for a player to be named later or cash or a bag of used balls.
CBS Sports is reporting that Cole Hamels has said that he will NOT resign with the Phillis and John Heyman of CBS also says that the Phillies have been making calls to shop him around.
The rats are fleeing the sinking ship!
Why can’t Rabid Ruben just do what Captain EJ Smith of the Titanic do and go into his cabin and wait for the flood?
It’s a day of moment in the pharm system. Some going up, one coming down. Jordan Whatcott, Frank Gailey and Ryan Duke were all promoted from Reading to Lehigh Valley. Pat Misch was sent from Lehigh to Reading.
So what does it mean?
Personally, between trading Thome (especially without consulting Manuel, who was quoted as saying that he didn’t know that they had traded Thome until after the game) the rumors rabidly circulating that they are looking to deal Cole Hamels to the Rangers OR that the Reds, Dodgers and Yankees are all interested in Shane Victorino and now, all these moves….
I think they are floundering, they are desperate and hopelessly flailing, trying to find something, anything to staunch the bleeding.
As much as I’ve questioned Amarro’s actions over the last year or two, this is the most concerning to me. He obviously knows that his job is on the line. He bet everything that the veterans on this year’s team would be able to pull him through. He spent every dime he could on older players, making a team for now, but the problem is that he over paid and gave older players long term contracts that keep them tied to the franchise. The contracts are also so large that very few teams could afford to inherit these contracts IF we could convince them to take them in a trade.
I’ve come to think of Ruben as “Rabid Ruben”, foaming at the mouth and running around and biting at anyone and anything trying to find something to work. In the meantime, the team is floundering, foundering and nothing will get better until Rabid Ruben is “cured”. By cured, I mean excised like a cancerous tumor.
At this point, it’s OBVIOUS that he’s grasping at straws, throwing in not only the towel but every other piece of laundry in the basket too. Let’s stop the cancer from growing, excise it now, get someone else in there and stop the damage before it gets any worse. Why not do a wholesale housecleaning at the top and also replace Manuel with Hall of Famer, Iron Pigs’ Manager Ryne Sandberg?
They need to keep Hamels. We do not have enough pitching talent for next year without him. I think we have pitchers coming up that might be ready in the future, but not this year and not next year.
As far as Victorino, I like the guy, BUT as I’ve written before, we are flush with young talent that could grow into the position, Derrick Mitchell, Tyson Gillies, Jiwan James, Steve Susdorf, Domonic Brown (if he ever gets healthy) and those are just the guys I can think of off the top of my head. We have to look to these young, talented guys for the future; Rabid Ruben’s habit of looking outside the pharm for senior talent obviously isn’t working, let’s use the talent we’ve home grown and let them lead us into the future and stop looking back.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that there is a greater chance of the Phils being able to move Shane Victorino, with the Reds, Dodgers and Yankees reportedly showing interest.
What will Rabid Ruben do today? What mayhem will he cause and how will it affect the Phils…
I think he knows that with his past performance that his job is on the line…I think he’s grasping at straws.
So the question is…what will his desperation cause him to do?