With Masahiro Tanaka on the shelf for who knows how long, could calling the Phillies about Cole Hamels be the answer?
According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports 1, Cole Hamels has a no-trade clause but he could be traded to the following teams without his permission: Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, San Diego Pares and the New York Yankees.
Hamels has notched a 2.87 ERA in 100.1 innings this season after starting the year on the disabled list with a shoulder problem. Aside from the shoulder issue, Hamels is very durable and could be the Yankees quick fix should they choose to trade. The Phillies said they are willing to eat the $100 Million on Hamel’s contract in return for a good prospect, something the Yankees have in their farm system. However, although the offer seems tempting, the Yankees don’t have the best luck with workhorses, CC Sabathia being a prime example. Still, if the Yankees wish to compete, it doesn’t hurt to pick up the phone and ask.