July 5, 2012; Flushing, NY, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) sits in the dugout against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Cole Hamels will be involved in plenty of trade discussions as the 2012 MLB trade deadline approaches. But Jonathan Papelbon doesn't want him to go anywhere.
The Philadelphia Phillies are in the National League East basement, so it stands to reason they will be sellers at the 2012 MLB Trade Deadline.
Cole Hamels will be a free agent at season's end, so it stands to reason he could be traded.
But Jonathan Papelbon is against any Hamels trade.
Papelbon was asked how the Phillies' clubhouse would react if Hamels was traded.
"I don't know," he said, at first pondering the question. "That's hard to say. I definitely don't think we should [trade him]. I don't think he's trying to jump ship by any means.
"I don't necessarily know if our clubhouse would take that too well. But, also, at the same time, everyone knows it's a business. Sometimes things don't go the way you think they should go because you don't run the business; you work for the business. That's it, man."