Thursday, February 12, 2015

Phillies Still Want Betts Or Swihart For Hamels

Swihart (L), Betts (R)
The one quick way for the Red Sox to become the odds-on favorite to win the American League East is to trade for left-handed ace Cole Hamels. He would immediately upgrade the current rotation and put the finishing touches on an aggressive off-season by GM Ben Cherington. Of course, Philadelphia GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is still demanding either #1 prospect Blake Swihart or soon-to-be-top-of-the-order phenom Mookie Betts in return. This is a tough one. As much as we talk about the need for a number one starter like Hamels—we feel that the asking price is just too high. Swihart and Betts could be two of the centerpieces of what Chrington likes to call "the next great Red Sox team". One could argue that with depth at both catcher (Christian Vazquez,  Ryan Hanigan) and outfield (Rusney Castillo, Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, Allen Craig, Jackie Bradley, Jr.), Boston can afford to lose one of these two budding super-starts. We say no. There are enough other very good prospects in the organization that—bunched together—should satisfy Philadelphia's need to rebuild.