Report: Phillies Make Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino Available For Trade


Originally posted on CBS Philly:

By Spike Eskin

PHILLIES (CBS) – The question of whether the Phillies will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline may have just been answered CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman is reporting that the team is willing to trade Cole Hamels, and are making calls to other teams to determine his value.

Hamels is a free agent after the year, and a source with knowledge of his contractual situation said there has been no progress made in contract talks.

The Phillies are struggling through an injury-riddled first half. They traded Jim Thome to the Orioles on Saturday, but the team suggested that didn’t mark the end of the sell-off.

The Phillies may just be gauging early interest in Hamels or getting talks started in case their struggles continue. Chase Utley recently returned from injury, and they are awaiting returns for two more stars, Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay. It’s hard…

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