Cole Hamels is arguably the biggest and most desirable trade chip out there for the Phillies.
He has a solid 2.93 ERA and has been dealing with positively awful run support, as is indicated by his 3-5 record. He is also only 30 years old and in the prime of his career.
The Phillies head to the All Star break at 42-53 and will be sellers when the trade deadline approaches on July 31.
But Hamels isn’t ready to jump ship just yet.
“I think I’ve developed a really good routine here,” Hamels told the media after his most recent no decision in Saturday’s extra innings loss to Washington, “and it’s something I enjoy, playing for this team, this organization and especially these fans just because I have great memories and I want to continue them.”
The 2008 World Series MVP has a limited no-trade clause, and has a list of nine teams he would be willing to accept a trade to.
And while it seems, despite being frustrated with his run support, the sluggish offense and the aging core of his fellow teammates, he is not looking to play elsewhere.
He has made it clear, if he leaves, it will be the organization making a business decision.
“I think we all understand that baseball doesn’t last too long for many of us,” Hamels said. “When you have the joy to play in front of a city and for an organization [like the Phillies] you want to do it for as long as possible. But you also understand it’s a business and they have an obligation to the fans. And if things don’t work they have to make moves.”