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August 07, 2014

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Kevin W

Schwarber can't be traded since he was just drafted. Alcantara, Baez, Castro, and Soler are all on the 40 man roster, so they'd have to clear waivers to be moved to the Phils. Albert Samora? I guess you mean Albert Almora. He's the only guy in this article who makes sense to include in a deal for Hamels.

Frank Klose

Kevin - there are ways around that; they can make it a "player to be named" and include him later. "Samora" was a typo, and I will fix it. Thanks!

Kevin W

Phils are going to want to know who they're getting. Playing a game with the PTBNL thing and moving a top prospect after the season would be interesting. I don't think I've ever seen that before. In all likelihood I see this deal needing to revolve around Russell, and the Cubs likely won't deal him. They traded a pitcher just as good (Samardizja) because they didn't want to pay him Cole Hamels type money. Plus, Lester and Scherzer are highly likely to be free agents in a few months. Cubs don't ahve great incentive to overpay, and I don't think the Phils have great incentive to salary dump.

Tom J

Wouldn't they also put in a claim if they were trying to block another team from getting him?

Frank Klose

Kevin - sometimes they agree on the player and then when they're allowed to announce it, they do. @Tom, I don't think the Cubs are looking to block anyone here. They tried to sign Jeff Samardzija to a contract to keep him around for when their prospects mature. Cole Hamels would be doing just that, since they traded Samardzija away.

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