Cole Hamels Wants Out Of Philly
Will the Phillies find a suitable home for Hamels?
Cole Hamels has worn a Philadelphia Phillies uniform since he made his major league debut in 2006 and in that span the club finished in first place for five straight years from 2007-2011, and won the World Series in 2008.
But since 2011, the Phillies have not competed for a championship, nor have they been contenders in their own division. In 2011 they won 102 games and finished in first place, but in 2012, they were 81-81 (3rd place), and in 2013-2014 they finished 73-89 (4th place and 5th place).
The reality right now is that the Phillies are not going to be a contender for some time. MLB.com reported on Wednesday that Team President Pat Gillick has even stated that he does not expect the team to compete again until the earliest 2017.
That does not sit well with Hamels as he shared in an interview on Wednesday with USA Today, “I just want to win. That’s all. That’s all any competitor wants. And I know it’s not going to happen here. This isn’t what I expected. It’s not what the Phillies expected, either. But it’s reality.”
In his career with the Phillies, the lefty is 108-83, with a 3.27 ERA. He is a three-time all-star and won the 2008 World Series MVP. At 30-years old he is moving into his prime, and after not posting at least 10 wins since 2012, it’s no wonder that he wants to be in a position to win more games now.
This past off-season the Phillies traded away Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo and even though they are trying to trade Hamels, its reported they are waiting to land top prospects for the swap.
Whatever team Hamels lands on, he will be an instant upgrade to their rotation, so the wait continues for the long-time Philly lefty to see where he will call home in 2015.
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