Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to comment Monday on the latest Cole Hamels rumors, neither confirming nor denying that there's any truth to Philadelphia gauging other teams' interest in Hamels on the trading block.
"I do not ever discuss the information that is out there, nor those rumors or speculations.
"This is the time of year where things will be out there. It is the nature of our sport and a product of the time of year."
Amaro Jr. added that the Phillies still hope to keep Hamels for a long time.
"Our goal is the same as it has been from the beginning," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday. "To sign him and keep him long-term in a Phillies uniform."