From Jack McCaffery:
Phillies president David Montgomery spoke on Cole Hamels' future, including the possibility of trading the former World Series MVP.
"Is that an option? Of course that's an option," Montgomery said. "Is that realistic? That is not our inclination at this point. We have said that repeatedly. Our inclination is that when you think about 'today and tomorrow' as the 'present and the future', the one thing that Cole represents is that he is a 'bridge' player. He is important today and he can be very important to us because of his age and his ability for a number of years. That, to us, makes sense. That is a player you want to chase.”
“We're just going to do what we have been doing, which is try to convince him that this is the right place for him. I want him back. But 'we' want him back. I think the fans want him back. The Cole Hamels-es within an organization don't come along every day. Cole has the right to do what he is doing, which is to thoughtfully evaluate his opportunities. We would like to retain him. He has certainly not given us the indication that we would read, 'No way do I want to play here.' You can't misread that.
“Looking back at the Scott Rolen situation at that time, there was evidence of that that we chose to look past. We don't see any of that in Cole. We see a young man deciding whether to make a commitment or wait and evaluate his opportunities."