In yesterday's Boston Globe article by Nick Cafardo, there was a small paragraph (nothing big) of Cafardo saying one Philadelphia Phillie source said the New York Yankees have the "closest" package of prospects that would land Cole Hamels.
"According to one Phillies source, the Yankees have come the closest to landing Hamels, offering a package of prospects that at least has given the Phillies a baseline for future talks."
That's all he said...
Now...when I first read this, I thought it was instantly bullshit. I thought, and still think, it's a strategy to force the Boston Red Sox to make a move on Hamels, since they were the only team heavily linked to Hamels and only team that had the most conversations with the Phillies.
But would it make sense for the Yankees to go after Hamels? Yes. Yes it would. It would actually make more sense for the Yankees to get Hamels than Max Scherzer. The only thing is, Yankees are gonna have to do something they don't want to do, which is give up prospects.
When the Yankees called the Phillies on Hamels, the Phillies asked the Yankees for prospects Luis Severino(RHP), Aaron Judge(RF) and Rob Reysnyder(2B).
I, personally, would be find giving up Refsnyder. I also would be okay by giving up Severino -- mainly because they're trading him for pitching. Although, Judge is off limits for me. I'm not trading Judge or first baseman Greg Bird.
I would give up Refsnyder, Severino and catcher Gary Sanchez. And I'll say this, I'd rather not give up Judge or Bird and rather take Cliff Lee's contract as well.
Any team who gets Hamels, will be prized with, obviously, a great pitcher, but a pitcher with a contract that's a discount. Hamels will make $23 million in the next four years and $20 million in the fifth that has a $4 million buyout... I mean, come on... What a contract for a pitcher of that magnitude. And at age 31.
After hearing the news on C.C Sabathia about him having to have check-ups every week on knee, makes this Hamels news likely probable. Sabathia might not be healthy again this season. Then you have Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda who still haven't pitched a healthy, full major league season.
The only problem is, I don't want to give up the two position players, in Judge and Bird. I really don't wanna give up neither of them. I'd give up Severino and take Lee's contract, just so I don't have to give up Bird and Judge.
But if I had to pick who to keep between Judge and Bird, I'd keep Bird because he's left-handed power bat, that makes sense with the infamous short porch in right at Yankee Stadium. He can potentially become a 30-homerun first baseman.
Like I said, I would take (Cliff) Lee's contract if it meant I didn't have to give up Judge or Bird.