By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The past five years have provided a lot of trade deadline talk in Philadelphia about the Phillies. The difference this year, is that most of that talk is about trading away a final piece to someone else’s puzzle, rather than acquiring one.
Cole Hamels has been the player most talked about, and recent reports suggest that the Phillies are preparing a significant offer to Hamels. On Monday, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported just how significant the offer is.
An offer of $120 million over five years, which was the very deal Cliff Lee signed with the Phillies, was said by one person with Phillies ties to be their logical offer, though two management people on other teams said they believed they may have to go to something closer to Johan Santana’s $137.5-million, six-year deal, or even more, to have a realistic chance at a quick deal.
As Heyman notes, most talk in recent weeks has been that it will take a minimum of a six-year contract to sign Hamels. If the Phillies decide to pay Hamels that much money over that long a period of time, it’s likely they’d have to move another high priced piece (Cliff Lee has been mentioned) to create salary space to fill other holes.
We’ve heard Hamels, we’ve heard Victorino, but now Jimmy Rollins’ name has been added to the trade rumor mill.
Rollins is part of a long list of players the Dodgers are looking at, as they try to trade for both a hitter and a starting pitcher in an effort to keep pace with the Giants in the National League West. But he may be the most intriguing.
Because Rollins has been in the league for ten years, and five years with the same team, he’d be able to veto any trade, which adds a complication to dealing Rollins. If you remember, Roy Oswalt had a no-trade clause in his contract before he was dealt to the Phillies. Carlos Lee was recently dealt to the Marlins from the Astros, waiving his no-trade clause, after first invoking the clause to prevent a trade to the Dodgers..