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COUNTERPOINT: Cole Hamels had to go

COUNTERPOINT: Cole Hamels had to go

Cole Hamels was going to be traded. He was. Don't get all weepy about it. He gave you your moment on Saturday. He was going to be traded because he had to be traded. Because the Phillies wouldn't have nearly the leverage ever again that they had now. Because any team in the market for a top-of-the-rotation pitcher in the offseason would have had the financial wherewithall to sign one on the free-agent market, where David Price, Johnny Cueto, Jordan Zimmermann, Jeff Samardzija, Scott Kazmir and, presumably, Zack Greinke will all be available (not to mention a host of other intriguing candidates such as Mat Latos, Brett Anderson, Ian Kennedy, Wei-Yin Chen, Doug Fister, Yovani...

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