Yankees trade rumors: New York 'the closest' of any team to landing Cole Hamels

Baseball THE RUMOR: The Yankees have "come the closest" of any team this winter to landing Cole Hamels in a trade.REPORTED BY: The Boston Globe MORE: 12 AL players under pressure in 2015 | Cardinals' Lynn leaves start | Cliff Lee's elbow issues returnTHE DETAILS: The offer included a package of prospects that at least has given the Phillies a baseline for future talks. Hamels has stopped talking about a trade with the spring training underway, but the Yankees are one of the few teams he can be traded to without his consent. LAST SEASON: Hamels went 9-9, 2.46 ERA/3.07 FIP and 198 strikeouts in 30 starts with the 73–89 Phillies. SN'S TAKE: If the Yankees are truly serious about obtaining Hamels, they will need to move their young talent to a Phillies squad that is in full rebuilding mode. The Phillies are specifically interested in a catching prospect like Boston's Blake

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Swihart to replace the aging Carlos Ruiz. Hamels in New York definitely provides the Yankees with much-needed durability and leadership with their ace Masahiro Tanaka recovering from a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The Phillies owe Hamels $90 million over four years, plus a $20 million club option for 2019 with a $6 million buyout.