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Hamels said he has some work to do before his fastball command is where it should be once the regular season begins, the Phillies' official site reports. "It's nowhere where I expect it to be, but that's what I have to work toward the next two weeks," Hamels said. "That's what I'm going to build up to, is really to be able to focus and be able to get the fastball location down more of the nine out of 10 [times], as opposed to probably where I'm at -- at two out of 10."
Hamels has allowed nine runs on 14 hits, including four home runs, in 10.2 innings this spring. His fastball velocity is reportedly fine, so the poor spring numbers should be ignored. Hamels is one of the elite arms in baseball, but he may not get great run support from the rebuilding Phillies this season.
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The Yankees have come the closest of any team to landing Hamels in a trade, the Boston Globe reports.
The prospects the Yankees offered have given the Phillies a baseline for discussions with other clubs. They have spoken to the Yankees, Red Sox, Padres and Rangers more than any other teams regarding Hamels. The Red Sox have not been willing to give up top prospects Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts, which has prevented a deal to Boston from happening.
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The Red Sox sent a scout to Clearwater (Fla.) to watch Hamels make his spring-training debut Friday, the Boston Globe reports.
Hamels, who pitched two scoreless innings against the Yankees, has been linked to the Red Sox all throughout the offseason and now into spring training. Boston is holding off for now, though clearly is interested. The sticking point is Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro's asking price of prospects Blake Swihart or Mookie Betts.
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Hamels continues to be the subject of trade talks between the Phillies and the Red Sox, the Boston Herald reports.
A special assistant to the Phillies general manager, Charlie Kerfeld, attended Boston's training camp Monday, purportedly observing some of the Red Sox prospects. The two sides continue to talk, but the Red Sox are reticent to include Blake Swihart or Mookie Betts in a deal.
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Hamels said he wants the Phillies to trade him, USA Today reports. "I just want to win," Hamels said. "That's all. That's all any competitor wants. And I know it's not going to happen here."Hamels is not demanding a trade, but he clearly wants to head to a contender. The Phillies have been shopping him this offseason, but have not found a suitable offer yet. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. recently said eight clubs have expressed interest in Hamels, and four have made offers.
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GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said he expects Hamels to be a Phillie when the regular season begins, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "If I was going to handicap it," Amaro said, "I would probably say that he'd be in our pinstripes on opening day and pitching against Boston."
The Phillies have tried to move Hamels this offseason, but their asking price has been too high for other teams. Amaro said clubs are still making inquiries, but there is no pressure for the team to move Hamels.
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The Padres have had discussions about trading for Hamels with Wil Myers as potential bait, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
The Phillies are shopping Hamels and are reportedly looking for two or three premium prospects in return. Myers, who is under team control for five more seasons, would likely be an enticing piece of any package for Hamels.
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The Phillies are looking for at least three top prospects in any potential deal for Hamels, CSN Philly reports.
The Phillies are entering a rebuilding phase and are listening to offers for Hamels. The team reportedly wants two prospects that can play in the majors right now and one that isn't far away in any deal for Hamels. It is a high asking price, but the Phillies are under no pressure to move Hamels, who is under contract for four more years at $96 million. The Cubs and Red Sox are two teams that are known to have interest in Hamels.
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Hamels has until Nov. 1 to update his 20-team no-trade list, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
It is noteworthy because there is a good chance the Phillies will at least explore trading Hamels this offseason. He was 9-9 with a career-best 2.46 ERA and a 198:59 K:BB ratio in 204.2 innings this season. Interim club president Pat Gillick said this week that the Phillies are entering a rebuilding mode and likely won't contend until 2017 or 2018. Hamels is the team's most valuable trade chip and would bring back elite prospects in any deal.
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Hamels allowed two runs on three hits over eight innings in a loss to the Braves on Sunday. He struck out seven and walked one.
The Phillies were held to one run, wasting another fine performance by Hamels. He finishes the year 9-9 with a career-best 2.46 ERA and a 198:59 K:BB ratio in 204.2 innings.