Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Gammons: No Mookie Or Blake In Hamels Deal

Swihart (L); Betts (R)
According to Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, the Red Sox have told the Phillies that any trade for left-handed ace Cole Hamels will not involve either OF/IF Mookie Betts or C Blake Swihart. In his column last Friday, Gammons also suggested that while Phillies "senior advisor" Charlie Manuel likes several other Boston players (e.g., Garin Cecchini), he does not have the ear of GM Ruben Amaro. So, the likelihood of Boston sending lower-tier prospects to The City of Brotherly Love for Hamels is pretty low. This might push GM Ben Cherington to re-visit the idea of signing free-agent Max Scherzer—although that could force John Henry to cut back on paper towels in The Boston Globe washrooms.