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Giants reportedly fading from Cole Hamels chase

Ken Rosenthal says it's been 24 hours since the Giants and Phillies were in touch.

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Are your hopes up for Cole Hamels? I gotta admit, mine are too. I'm not going to propose a fake trade that would get it done -- fake trades make the Earth cry -- but I can squint and see a fit. If the Rangers get Tyson Ross or another, cheaper pitcher, the Red Sox move on, and the Phillies aren't enamored of the Dodgers prospects below Corey Seager and Julio Urias, the Giants can offer a starting catcher, a starting pitcher or two in the upper minors, and all sorts of gadgets and doodads from the lower minors.

It's a longshot, but other teams have to play along, too. If that's the case, though, the Giants can't look too eager. They just need to be at the right place at the right time.

I'm taking that as, "The Giants are tired of saying no to the Phillies' ludicrous demands, so they'll just let their offer sit there in a glass case in the event that everything else falls apart with the other teams."

I should probably take that as, "The Giants aren't getting Hamels, so move on to something else, you dork."

Instead, no, I still believe. You're saying there's a chance? Heck, sure. The odds were against a Hamels deal before Rosenthal's tweet. They're probably even more lopsided now. As long as Hamels makes the most sense for the Giants in the short- and long-term roster, though, I'll still hope the Giants are skulking around, waiting for some 12:59 panic.