Philadelphia is rebuilding, and after finishing dead last in the American League East in 2014, Boston has the most expensive team in franchise history, but is believed to be one ace pitcher short of being a true contender.
The Phillies reportedly covet Sox prospects Mookie Betts and Blake Swihart, two players Boston is determined to keep.
Add it all up and it doesn’t look like a deal is imminent.
CBS Sports MLB insider Jon Heyman offered his take with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand show Tuesday afternoon.
“To me, if I’m Philly, I don’t blame them for holding out for a great prospect. You have an asset there [in Hamels] and you need to get something great for him,” Heyman said. “I understand they’re only three-sevenths of the way through the rebuild; they really need to trade Jonathan Papelbon and Ryan Howard "
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