Thursday, July 5, 2018


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That Cole Hamels guy is back in Yankee headlines again so we are writing about him....again. Will Hamels ever become a Yankee? Do we even want him to be at this point? Depending on which news source you picked up over your holiday you could be hopeful or skeptical.

So now what? Back in May we wrote HAMELS TO THE YANKS? HE SEEMS INTRIGUED and so were a lot of fans. The trade deadline is coming up fast, and some sources still say that Hamels will be a Yankee. Former Mets and Orioles GM Jim Duquette thinks Hamels becomes a Yankee with a very interesting trade package, read more HERE.

Now assuming that Cole Hamels doesn't veto a trade to the Yankees thanks to his no trade clause I think the package Duquette suggests is strange. He picks Brandon Drury as a trade piece but he doesn't make any sense for the Rangers. Drury is a very versatile guy and could play second or third base for them but the Rangers already have s roster crunch at those positions. They don't know what to do with the guys they have now so it makes no sense to add Drury and make it even more complicated.

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Then there is the addition of either Chance Adams or Justus Sheffield which is an interesting either/or scenario there. Adams has definitely regressed since last year so we aren't talking about the same guy that the Yankees were considering packaging to acquire Gerrit Cole. Sheffield on the other hand is a top prospect and even if the Rangers ate all of Hamels salary (which is a lot to get the deal done) seems like a long shot. I don't see Hamels playoff experience a great reason to deal him for Sheffield.

But maybe none of this will even matter because if you read Jon Heyman yesterday it sounds like Hamels could possibly be heading home. 

Maybe he is headed for a reunion in Philly. He started his baseball career there and he helped them win a World Series there in '08. He was an NLCS and World Series MVP and he finished is time in Philly by pitching a no-hitter against the Cubs.

Maybe Heyman is right, he as roots there and memories. It could be too good to pass up. If he had an opportunity to go home again....why wouldn't he? The Phillies have rebuilt and are going to be a dangerous team going forward. Why not go back and have a chance to do it all over again? It could be a story book ending.

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Who knows if either Duquette or Heyman are right at all. It's been many years of waiting to see if Hamels will ever wear a Yankee uniform. I guess we will wait and see if it happens this time....we will have our answer soon enough.

Stay tuned.

--Jeana Bellezza-Ochoa
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @nyprincessj

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