When the Philadelphia Phillies finally get around to firing GM Ruben Amaro Jr., one of the questions in the exit interview should be: “What did you know about Ben Revere’s arm and when did you know it?”
In two years of playing for the Phillies, Revere has proven one thing and that he’s not the future for the team in center field partly because of his noodle arm and that is just one reason they must find a replacement. Fortunately, a proposed trade of Cole Hamels to the Los Angeles Dodgers would solve that problem.
Joc Pederson now appears to be major-league ready and, in order to get a top-of-the-line pitching talent in Hamels, he must be included in any proposed deal. The Phillies would also have to get another lesser prospect, but let the two teams haggle that one out as long and Hamels and Pederson are the key ingredients.
In Hamels, the Dodgers would be getting the pitcher they need to solidify their stretch drive because even though his win-loss line is not all that impressive, he currently ranks No. 6 in all of MLB in quality starts over the last two seasons. The Phillies have proven that they cannot provide the kind of consistent hitting support Hamels needs to be a winner. Last year, they finished 26th in runs scored in baseball and that was the major contributing factor in Hamels’ 8-14 record. Hamels had a 3.60 ERA last year and four pitchers in the NL had a winning record with a 3.60 or worse.
With the Dodgers, Hamels would be a consistent winner. For the Phillies, Hamels doesn’t project to be much more than a .500 pitcher (he currently is 4-5 even with a solid 2.83 ERA).
Pederson is a good defensive outfielder who currently is hitting .327 with 19 homers and 48 RBIs for Albuquerque in the PCL. He projects to a 25-30 homer guy in tiny Citizens Bank Park and he’s someone they should be able to get for Hamels.
Plus, he’s got the perfect first name for an athlete.