Monday, June 29, 2015

ICYMI: Hamels Would Accept Trade to New York or Texas

The Philadelphia Phillies are said to be open for business in the trade market and are already fielding offers for the likes of Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Ben Revere, Jonathan Papelbon and Cole Hamels as the team finally begins their rebuilding process. While the market is pretty quiet on most fronts right now for all players the market for Hamels is just starting to simmer as many teams find themselves needing starting pitching help at this year’s trading deadline. No front runner for Hamels has been announced yet and one reason for that may be Hamels health situation, he missed his last start with a hamstring injury but looks to be in line to start tomorrow in the Bronx, and another reason may be the fact that the lefty has a full no-trade clause written into his contract.

Hamels spoke to KHOU 11 Sports in Houston recently after weeks of rumors that the Houston Astros would be interested in acquiring the LHP’s services and Hamels immediately shot down any idea of that. Hamels stated that he would not accept a deal to the Astros but would accept a deal to the New York Yankees or the Texas Rangers, both American League teams.

Hamels is just 5-5 this season but he does have a 2.96 ERA with 103 strikeouts pitching behind the worst team and the worst offense in all of Major League Baseball. Hamels would be a great, albeit expensive, addition to any contending team’s starting rotation but I can’t see that addition happening here in the Bronx. Hamels is owed $23.5 million this season and will make $70.5 million through the 2018 season which may be too rich for a Yankees team that is looking to be out from under those bad and lengthy contracts by the time the 2017 season comes to a close.

However unlikely a deal is to happen you never can 100% count the Yankees in or out of anything with GM Brian Cashman at the helm so I guess you’ll just have to stay tuned.

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