#Phillies’ next trade, and perhaps last trade, could be Revere. Source says AL club interested.
Toronto Sun "Special players do special things. Fate smiles and follows them around. So it was no surprise really when Troy Tulowitzki pulled a Roy Hobbs in his second at-bat as a Blue Jay last night and hammered a 0-2 pitch into the second deck in left for a two-run home run in front of a joyous crowd..." July 30
RHP Aaron Harang has been reinstated from the 15-day DL. He will take the vacant roster spot left by the Jonathan Papelbon trade.
CSN Philly "The Phillies on Wednesday night pulled off a huge trade, sending World Series hero and homegrown ace Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers for six players. Neither team confirmed the deal, but multiple sources did confirm it to CSNPhilly.com. An official announcement is expected on Thursday after..." July 30
Bleacher Report ""Rangers are getting close to getting Hamels.... Sources are say two sides are almost there to a deal.... Not tonight but Thursday", reported T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported on July 27 the Rangers are a slight favorite to get Hamels, but "people connected to the..." July 29
Source: the Astros remain in the Cole Hamels race but the expectation remains he will land elsewhere.
CSN Philly "There are several qualities you want to see in your closer. A little pop on the fastball is nice. At least one good secondary pitch is a must. Toughness, grit — whatever you want to call it — and a short memory for those nights when things go bad are necessities. Ken Giles has all of these..." July 29
ESPN "The Philadelphia Phillies have told several teams interested in acquiring Cole Hamels that they'd like to get their "best" offers by Wednesday, sources told ESPN.com. The team would then make a decision about where -- and whether -- to trade him. The Phillies have continued to speak with a..." July 29
TMZ "MLB legend Joe Carter says he's "honored" to have been injected into the Drake vs. Meek Mill feud -- saying it's AWESOME that Drake used his image to go after Meek because "My kids feel I'm legit now." Backstory -- Drake used an ICONIC image of Carter's Game 6 walk off homerun that lifted the..." July 29
McCovey Chronicles "Are your hopes up for Cole Hamels? I gotta admit, mine are too. I'm not going to propose a fake trade that would get it done -- fake trades make the Earth cry -- but I can squint and see a fit. If the Rangers get Tyson Ross or another, cheaper pitcher, the Red Sox move on, and the Phillies aren't..." July 29
Aaron Harang will start for Phillies tomorrow vs. Atlanta. He had originally been on tap for a rehab start today.
Sources: Papelbon or his agents talking to Nats about a potential trade. Issues to resolve: no-trade, being a closer and 2016 club option.
MLB Daily Dish "It was no secret that Jonathan Papelbon wanted to be traded, and it appears as though he's gotten his wish. According to Jon Morosi, the Phillies have agreed to send him to the Washington Nationals. Drew Storen is the current ninth for the Nationals, but with Papelbon's addition, that's likely no..." July 28
Hardball Talk "Where and for what has yet to be determined–the Nationals are said to be making a strong push, for instance–but Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies will trade closer Jonathan Papelbon prior to Friday’s deadline. Papelbon has made it very clear that he wants out of..." July 28
Hardball Talk "The Astros acquired Scott Kazmir from the Athletics last week, but they are still thinking big as they make a push for the postseason. According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Astros “remain in the thick” of the bidding for Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels and are “making a big push” to get a deal..." July 28
The #Astros remain in the thick of the Cole Hamels bidding, even after Kazmir trade. They're making big push, source says.
CSN Philly "A weekend of special pitching feats ended at Wrigley Field with rookie Aaron Nola earning his first big-league win Sunday afternoon. Nola was not presented with a bottle of Dom Pérignon after the victory. Those prizes are reserved for accomplishments such as the no-hitter Cole Hamels spun on..." July 27
CBS Sports "The Blue Jays and Nationals are seen as the two most likely destinations for controversial but consistent veteran Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. However, a third team has emerged, with the Cubs also in the mix as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. Washington, an interesting possible..." July 27
CBS Sports "The Phillies recently asked for either top pitching prospect Luis Severino or top outfield prospect Aaron Judge from the Yankees in Cole Hamels talks, and the Yankees once again said no. The Phillies' suggestion was a repeat of a request heard several times in talks between those teams. The..." July 27
Aaron Harang will pitch Wednesday night in Lehigh Valley.
Texas had 2 scouts in to see Hamels yest. Yanks, Boston one each. Blue Jays here but maybe for Pap, Revere. As of now, Tex is lead team
Sources: Momentum building toward Hamels trade. Offers have improved since no-hitter. Teams asking for less money, offering better players.
Hardball Talk "Cole Hamels put to rest any talk about fatigue or falling trade stock Saturday when he threw the first no-hitter of his career against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. You wouldn’t think one start could change the perception of a guy who’s been dominant now for over 1,900 major league innings, but this..." July 26
CSN Philly "If this was Cole Hamels’ final start with the Phillies then he saved his best for last. The 31-year-old lefty pitched a no-hitter in leading the Phillies to a 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday. It was the 13th no-hitter in Phillies history. Hamels was part of the..." July 26
Newark Star-Ledger "But that's standard procedure for this time of year for the Yankees, GM Brian Cashman told FOX reporter Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal reported on Twitter this string of Tweets, starting with New York's interest in starter Cole Hamels: ✔ @Ken_Rosenthal #Yankees contacted #Phillies on Hamels,..." July 26
Philly.com "Given Jonathan Papelbon's limited no-trade clause and his insistence on remaining a closer, the Washington Nationals - reportedly the latest team to discuss acquiring his services - do not appear a likely fit. The Phillies and Nationals have discussed Papelbon, according to FOXSports. However,..." July 26
CSN Philly "The only thing the Phillies might win this season is the first pick in next year’s draft. So on their way to the worst record in the majors — which they already have — the Phils are going to try to make other teams miserable, particularly those with playoff aspirations. “It would be great to..." July 25
Re: Wash reported interest in Pap (@Ken_Rosenthal). Talked to him about that today. Phils have not approached him. Won't go unless he closes
According to Major League sources, Rangers and Phillies have re-opened conversation on Cole Hamels....Chances of deal described as "maybe"
Hardball Talk "Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Angels have “been monitoring the rehab” of Chase Utley. Utley has been trying to come back from inflammation in his right ankle and may be back soon. Utley has a $15 million vesting option this year if he reaches 500 plate appearances. As he only has..." July 24
Baseball Essential "The Chicago Cubs have shown interest in Cole Hamels and have recently scouted him, as I wrote for Baseball Essential, but do the two teams have what it takes to complete a deal? With their deep farm system, the Cubs are well positioned to make a run at Hamels. The Cubs, however, prefer not to..." July 24
CSN Philly "When Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin filled out his starting lineup for Wednesday’s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays, he did not include Odubel Herrera in it. Mackanin insisted it was not a benching for Herrera, whose failure to run out a double-play ball in Tuesday night’s loss..." July 23
Tampa Tribune "Tampa Bay starting pitcher Nathan Karns sweated through two jerseys and four undershirts Tuesday night. He needed a second ballcap because his first one was soaked as well. He spent the time between innings in the clubhouse drinking fluids while the training staff applied cold wraps and checked..." July 22
Bleacher Report "After coming through with a walk-off hit, Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera was probably the happiest person at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday afternoon. Well, he was probably the happiest person in the stadium until he saw Jonathan Papelbon making a beeline for him...." July 22
Deadspin "VinePair charted the best beer prices from all 30 MLB teams. Unsurprisingly, Fenway Park bleeds their patrons dry when it comes to selling beers. Leeches. The first graph’s a bit useless, since there are varying sizes of the cheapest small beer available: As an example, the Phillies’ smallest..." July 22
Baseball Essential "It has been my belief, along with many others, that the Philadelphia Phillies would hold onto Cole Hamels until the offseason, but according to a recent report, the odds of a trade are increasing. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com, in an insider only article, reports that the Phillies “are getting enough..." July 22
CBS Sports "The Royals improved to 20 games over .500 after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Great, but it's nothing that acquiring left-hander Cole Hamels in a trade couldn't make even better. It's true that only the St. Louis Cardinals have accumulated more victories..." July 22
I'm getting no sense the #Phillies have any traction in a Papelbon deal. That $13M option for 2016 remains a sticking point.
SB Nation "The trade deadline is in 10 days. There are no rumors. Why, did you hear any rumors? If you have a good Ken Rosenthal tweet, can you share it with me? I just sit in a dark room, favoriting and unfavoriting a tweet from the Ken Rosenthai imposter account, hoping it'll get me closer to the next real..." July 22