When it was announced that the Philadelphia Phillies had put pitcher, Cole Hamels on waivers, many around the baseball community immediately went on “Hamels-Watch”. Well, on Thursday, the Phillies finally traded a pitcher. Well, it wasn’t exactly the one everyone thought (Hamels), nor was it disgruntled closer, Jonathan Papelbon. It was… ROBERTO HERNANDEZ! Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, wasn’t exactly trade bait, but, the Phillies found a suitable buyer. The Phillies have been trying to delay a rebuild as long as they can, but after Cliff Lee‘s season-ending injury, it may be time for Ruben Amaro to act. Hernandez is no longer the 18 game winner of 2007, but he has had a decent season. Hernandez has a 6-8 W/L record (Tied for Phillies lead), and a 3.87 ERA.
The Dodgers, who already have a playoff ready rotation in Clayton Kershaw, Zach Greinke, and Hyun-Jin Ryu, don’t exactly need Hernandez in the rotation. It is expected that Hernandez will at some point to transferred to a Dodgers bullpen that is already one of the best in baseball. The Dodgers were heavily linked to Cole Hamels, but, after Ruben Amaro refused to accept anything less than Julio Urias, Corey Seager, and/or Joc Pedersen, the deal fell through. Indeed, Amaro’s asking price turned many would-be trade partners away. In return, the Dodgers will give up two PTBNL, however, it does not appear that the Phillies will receive any high prospects.
This could be the first in many deals the Phillies make this month, prior to August 31st’s waiver trade deadline. According the some reports, the Chicago Cubs put a claim on Cole Hamels, and another team put a claim on Marlon Byrd. The Phillies still have Jonathan Papelbon, who is unhappy in Philadelphia, and has stopped just shy of formally asking for a trade. The Phillies need to start a rebuild soon, and that could mean dealing away parts of Amaro’s core group of Hamels, Carlos Ruiz, Papelbon, Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley.