ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that both the Phillies' aces could be had and the team is "ready and willing" to discuss them in trades.
Sure, the Phillies are willing to discuss them -- Ruben Amaro Jr. has to do his due diligence. But as ESPN's Jayson Stark chimed in, the Phils would only trade one of them in a "win-win scenario." They'd need a team to absorb their entire contracts and send a significant package of talent back as well.
That's probably not going to happen, as CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury pointed out. Lee, 35, has $62.5 million left on his deal, and Hamels, 30, is owed $118.5 million.
First, it would counteract many of the moves they've already made. The Phillies have refused to rebuild, as Hamels even admitted to Philadelphia magazine back in the fall. In the past year, they've extended Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz and added Marlon Byrd for two years. The team is still hanging on in win-now mode.
Second, the Phillies' priority right now is to add starting pitching depth. Not trade it away. Can you imagine Amaro moving one of the game's best left-handed starters for a (much-needed) bat?
It goes against his pitching, pitching, pitching philosophy. When Amaro went into the offseason three years ago with a rotation of Roy Halladay, Hamels and Roy Oswalt, he signed Lee. Right now, he's actively shopping Domonic Brown, who could be an inexpensive slugger for the next several years, for controllable starting pitching.
Trading pitching away is not his style.
Perhaps the Phillies are indicating they're willing to listen on Lee and Hamels to dilute the current pitching market, which includes David Price and Jeff Samardzija. Perhaps they're hoping some team will blow them away.
Either way, it's pretty safe to say both pitchers will be back in red pinstripes this spring.