Cole Hamels has a no-trade clause in his contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, but after reports came out Hamels wanted to venture elsewhere, he started listing the few teams where he wouldn’t mind being traded to, and the Bronx Bombers were on the list.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Cole Hamels gave the Yankees and the Texas Rangers permission to negotiate with the Phillies from the American League and seven teams from the National League. Most of the teams are unknown from the National League except for the San Diego Padres, a team that has been making the most noise this offseason.
While Cole Hamels in pinstripes sounds intriguing, the Yankees most likely won’t trade for him since they don’t have the pieces or are unwilling to part with some of their big prospects and Major Leaguers. The Yankees missed their opportunity with Jimmy Rollins after Rubin Amaro wanted high value prospects in return, so Hamels to the Yankees would cost high value prospects along with a Major Leaguer–maybe Dellin Betances or Brett Gardner for example.
Hamels was 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA and a 1.148 WHIP in 30 starts with the Phillies last season.