MLB Rumors: Philadelphia Phillies

Hamels getting lots of interest? 

December, 15, 2014
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When the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to send Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the move was believed to be the long-expected first step towards a major rebuilding of the aging team's roster. That's why it's not too surprising to learn that a feeding frenzy of sorts has since been created surrounding the potential availability of pitcher Cole Hamels.

Could the Phils trade Utley? 

December, 13, 2014
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Now that Jimmy Rollins is on his way out of Philadelphia, could double play partner Chase Utley be the next to go?

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Could Rollins land in Hollywood? 

December, 10, 2014
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The Los Angeles Dodgers need a short-term solution at shortstop until top prospect Corey Seager is ready to play every day. Could Jimmy Rollins be the answer?

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The market for Cole Hamels 

December, 10, 2014
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Cole Hamels had more than a passing interest in where Jon Lester would work in 2015. Now that Lester has picked the Chicago Cubs, the trade market for Hamels will come into focus.

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Potential trade partners for Hamels 

November, 25, 2014
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Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro finally has conceded that his team is in a rebuilding mode, and he has no greater bargaining chip than ace lefthander Cole Hamels, who has four years and $96 million left on his current contract.

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Could Ryan Howard land in KC? 

November, 11, 2014
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A rival executive told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that the rebuilding Philadelphia Phillies were "trying to blow the whole thing up" this offseason. If the explosion does indeed take place, could one of the pieces landed in Kansas City?

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The price for Cole Hamels 

November, 10, 2014
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The Philadelphia Phillies enter the offseason looking to shed some of their excess salary, and their prime bargaining chip remains Cole Hamels, their ace lefthander Hamels who is guaranteed $90 million for the next four years, along with a vesting option for the 2019 season.

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Phillies ready to rebuild? 

November, 5, 2014
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After a last place finish in the National League East, and with an aging roster on their hands, it looks like the Philadelphia Phillies may finally bite the bullet this offseason and initiate a complete rebuild of the major league roster.

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Phillies plan, post-Burnett 

November, 4, 2014
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Pitcher A.J. Burnett declined to exercise his $12.75 million player option with the Philadelphia Phillies, which led to some speculation that the 37-year-old might be considering retirement. However, Burnett's agent says his client simply "wants to pitch for a contender."

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NL East team-by-team Hot Stove preview 

October, 27, 2014
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With the World Series in full swing, there are 28 other teams in the major leagues already looking ahead to 2015 in hopes that they might be playing for a championship next year at this time. Free agency doesn't officially kick in until five days after the champagne has been sprayed, but the rumor mill is already buzzing with potential moves that might help those clubs watching on television this year become the center of attention next October.

Our snapshot of each of the six MLB divisions and what teams might have in the works this offseason continues today with a look at the National League East.


Atlanta Braves

Big decisions: John Hart has decided to accept a newly created position with the team, and as the president of baseball operations for the Braves, he'll be the one calling the shots while he grooms John Coppolella to ultimately take over.

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Where Hamels can be traded 

October, 25, 2014
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As much as the rebuilding Philadelphia Phillies would like to hold on to Cole Hamels for the final four years of his six-year contract, the reality is that the veteran left-hander is their primary trade chip and, quite possibly, the key towards bringing in a new crop of younger and less expensive talent.

Which teams can Hamels be dealt to? Here's the latest on that.

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With Sizemore in, is Brown out? 

October, 24, 2014
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In a move that prevented Grady Sizemore from entering the free agent market, the Philadelphia Phillies announced Thursday that they have signed the outfielder to a one year, $2 million contract that includes performance bonuses.

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Updated Tomas sweepstakes 

October, 22, 2014
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Free agent Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas is still getting courted by several major league teams, but there may be a frontrunner emerging from the interested pack.

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Burnett to return for 2015? 

October, 22, 2014
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While retirement may yet end up the option that pitcher A.J. Burnett chooses to take, the door still remains open for the 37-year-old to return to the Philadelphia Phillies for the 2015 season.

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Next step for Dodgers? 

October, 15, 2014
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With the Los Angeles Dodgers having new leadership in place following the announcement they have hired former Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman as their new president of baseball operations, there's plenty of buzz as to what Friedman might do to shake things up with his new team.

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