Phillies Notes: Hamels, Howard, Halladay

Yesterday we learned that the Phillies have begun calling teams to see about trade interest in Cole Hamels.  Here's the latest on the left-hander..

  • An executive who spoke with the Phillies‬ says he can't see them unloading Cole Hamels and other pieces until after Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay return in mid-July, according to Jayson Stark of (via Twitter).
  • General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. denounced rumors of the club shopping Hamels and told reporters, including Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, that he plans to keep the pitcher in Philly in the "short term and long term."  When asked if he believes re-signing Hamels is realistic, he answered in the affirmative.  Meanwhile, a baseball source says contact between the GM and Hamels' agent, John Boggs, has been almost nonexistent.
  • The Phillies will not be trading any major piece anytime soon, opines Gelb.  Gelb believes that Amaro has simply been gauging interest in his top pieces and won't necessarily move anyone.

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