Amaro Debunks Hamels, Lee Trade Rumors

But trades will heat up the Winter Meetings reports that Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has debunked rumors he’s ready to trade away star pitchers Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels—presumably, based on his track record this offseason for a pair of late-30s fading hitters who would be better suited to designated hitting for some American wildcard team. (Sorry, had to get that out of our system.) “I think they’re silly,” Amaro Jr. said about the rumors, “but that’s OK.” He then tried to sign John Kruk to a new playing contract.*

* Joking. We think.