According to Major League sources for FoxSports scribe Ken Rosenthal, the Toronto Blue Jays have already engaged in a dialogue with the Phillies about pending free agents Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino. The Blue Jays, who are 18-14, are widely considered the team that stands to benefit most from the expanded playoff structure. Meanwhile, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told CSNPhilly.com insider Jim Salisbury Thursday that the 14-18 Phils could become sellers if they continue at the same rate. It was reported this winter that the Phils are believed to have interest in reacquiring catcher Travis d'Arnaud who was bundled to the Jays as part of the Roy Halladay deal.
Beerleaguer: Think about this: Trading Hamels for young players might be the best way to keep him in the long run.
The Phils could work out a side deal with the prized left-hander. "Listen, Cole, we're going to move you to a contender so we can replenish. Enjoy the postseason. Enjoy Toronto. And we'll hammer out a deal in November." It's a great year to be a seller, too, especially when you have Hamels and Victorino this close to free agency. Lots of prospect-rich, hungry teams like Toronto are just dying to slip into the postseason; they now have a real shot because of the expanded structure.