Phillies expect to keep Cole Hamels

Baseball Cole Hamels’ name has been attached to numerous trade rumors this offseason, but Phillies general Ruben Amaro still expects to keep his ace.“I think Cole Hamels is going to be in our uniform, frankly," Amaro said Tuesday, via the the Philadelphia Inquirer. Amaro made his remarks at an offseason banquet hosted by the Phillies' Double-A affiliate in Reading, Pa. "I don’t really foresee him being moved. It is possible because we’re literally keeping our minds and eyes and ears open on every player that we have on our roster. MORE: New faces in new places | Spector: NL contenders need to pursue Hamels | Phils want young catcher in Hamels deal"That said, he’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. And so, if we were to move him, we’re going to have to get some of the best prospects in baseball back.” Hamels was linked to possible deals with the Dodgers, Cubs and World Series champion Giants after the Nationals signed free-agent right-hander Max Scherzer on Monday. One previous rumor had him possibly going to his hometown Padres.The Red Sox have also been mentioned, but Amaro tried to make it seem as though Hamels would be pitching against, rather than for, Bost

on to begin 2015.“The ownership group I think would rather keep him than not. But we have to be good listeners and I think we owe it to the franchise and the organization to listen on possible opportunities, and there have been some clubs that have been aggressive. Not aggressive enough, obviously, because we haven’t done anything,” Amaro said, according to the Inquirer. “If I was going to handicap it, I would probably say that he’d be in our pinstripes on opening day and pitching against Boston.”Contributing: Tom Gatto

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