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
Sources: #Rangers listening on Gallardo even while involved in Hamels talks. Reported over weekend that they could both buy and sell.
CSN Philly "The Phillies on Monday night won their fourth straight game since coming back from the All-Star break. They hope they did not also suffer a loss. Maikel Franco, one of the biggest reasons to watch the majors’ worst ball club, left the 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays after the eighth inning..." July 21
teams hear most linked to hamels continue to be dodgers, followed by rangers
CSN Philly "Eleven days before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Phillies are trying to get a deal done. “We have had a lot of active discussions the last few weeks actually,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday afternoon. “And I think they will continue to pick up. Just like every July 31st,..." July 21
Philly.com "Chad Billingsley’s season could be over as the Phillies will place the pitcher on the 15-day disabled list Billingsley was removed from Saturday night’s start after five shutout innings. He told interim manager Pete Mackanin that he was feeling discomfort in his shoulder. The pitcher underwent..." July 20
CSN Philly "It’s starting to become expected. With the game on the line in the late innings, Jeff Francoeur is going to do something to help the Phillies win. He’s done it with a game-ending throw, a base hit and in Sunday’s 8-7 victory to finish a three-game sweep over the Marlins, with a home run (see..." July 20
CBS Sports "The Dodgers, Rangers, Red Sox, Cubs and Orioles were among teams that sent scouts to Philadelphia to watch Cole Hamels on Sunday, who's been on the trading block for months. And as for Hamels, the long wait might finally be showing. The Dodgers appear to be determined to land a top starter to..." July 20
Billingsley left the game because of an issue with his right elbow. He had two elbow surgeries previous two years. Not sure of severity yet.
CSN Philly "Ken Giles hit 100 mph for the first time all season, Ben Revere and Freddy Galvis made timely, difficult defensive plays, and the Phillies won a series for the first time in nearly a month. The Phils beat the Marlins, 3-1, Saturday night behind five innings from starter Chad Billingsley and..." July 19
Courier-Post "eff Francoeur hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in Philadelphia’s four-run eighth inning, leading the Phillies to a 6-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night in a matchup of two of the worst teams in baseball. Ryan Howard had an RBI for the Phillies, who snapped a five-game losing..." July 18
CBS Sports "The Dodgers, baseball's financial powerhouse, look like a major player this trading season, maybe the major player among the buyers. They've quietly continued having dialogue with the Phillies about ace left-hander Cole Hamels, and are also looking seriously into the rental market, with Reds ace..." July 17
CSN Philly "It is believed that since last season ended, every member of the Phillies' 25-man roster has been available on the trade market with one exception: Ken Giles. The Phillies see the 24-year-old right-handed reliever as their future closer and that future could become the present soon if Jonathan..." July 17
CSN Philly "The Phillies have claimed RHP Dalier Hinojosa off waivers from the Red Sox, the team announced Wednesday. The 29-year-old Cuban native signed with Boston as an international free agent back in 2013, and has spent the past two seasons at Triple A Pawtucket." July 16
CSN Philly "Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg have had a brotherly relationship ever since they played in the same Chicago Cubs infield in the early 1980s. When Sandberg became Phillies manager two years ago, he insisted that Bowa be his bench coach. But even as close as they are, Bowa had no idea that Sandberg..." July 16
NESN "If you think the Major League Baseball season needs to be shortened, then you might get your wish soon. Or not. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB Players’ Association director Tony Clark spoke to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale before Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati and said the league..." July 16
MLB.com "July is a fun month for fans and a busy one for the game's decision-makers, who will be focused almost exclusively on the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Without a doubt, the rumor mill will circulate many players' names across the next couple of weeks. Of those who will be bandied about,..." July 16
Courier-Post "Put a microphone or tape recorder in front of Jonathan Papelbon and the veteran closer will speak his mind, more often than not saying something controversial. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise Papelbon wasn’t afraid to speak his mind Monday in Cincinnati during All-Star Game media..." July 15
Hardball Talk "Mike Trout is the best baseball player in the game today. You can doubt this if you wish, but you’d be wrong to do so. No matter what you think about that, Trout led the charge for the American League on Tuesday night, reaching base three times, scoring twice, launching a home run and showing..." July 15
ESPN "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred shared a vision of the game Tuesday that could ultimately include more than 30 franchises. Manfred, appearing at a Baseball Writers Association of America luncheon at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati, said he's open-minded about the possibility of..." July 14