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The O's and chances of getting Cole Hamels


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I came across this article as I was in between reading mlbtr.com, Pressbox online and Bleacher Report. It's an interesting piece, but I've never read from this site nor have I heard of it. Anyone lend any credence to this site? I?m just curious if this is legit. I'm assuming that the Phillies scouts were most likely to scout the Yankees, but was curious if anyone else heard any speculation or rumblings about this? One thing that made it somewhat suspect was the fact that if the Phillies were looking at a deal with us involving Cole Hamels, why would they be at an O's game and not at a game of one of our minor league affiliates. Mind you, the article is about a month old, and is during a time when Norris was still in the rotation. Anyways, looking for some insight. Thanks.

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Agreed, the no-hitter most likely puts him out of reach. I've always liked Hamels, and would love even more to see him pitching for the O's. As for the money, I thought this was an interesting take, but couldn't decide if I agreed or not, or even if I thought it was an intelligent statement.

The Orioles’ payroll currently sits at approximately $110 million. Looking ahead to next season, the team has only $44 million committed to its 2016 payroll. Do not underestimate the level of flexibility this gives the front office to add a significant portion of Cole Hamels’ guaranteed $83 million over the next three years. The fact that the Orioles have very little money committed to 2016 and beyond could also give them the flexibility to take on one of the Phillies’ unwanted former All-Stars like Ryan Howard or Jonathan Papelbon. When the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez from the Boston Red Sox, they were also forced to take Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett. If that’s the cost of doing business for the Orioles, then so be it.

Anyways, as I said, was just looking for some more insight, as I think we have a lot of great baseball-minded people within our OH community. I was hard-pressed with wishful thinking when Roy Halladay was a possibility years ago, and am now suffering with the same wishful thinking. No harm in being positive and hoping, but I agree it's a really long shot.

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The Orioles would probably have to trade Gausman+ to get Hamels. I think that would be a mistake. They need players like Gausman to provide cheap production to stay within payroll constraints. Other teams will probably be willing to offer more without tapping into their current core because they have deeper farm systems.

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