The Philadelphia Phillies came out Tuesday morning with some big news. The team is willing to trade Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels as long as teams are willing to take on all of their contracts. The Phillies are done with the big money and seems to be in full-on rebuilding mode. Both players have limited no-trade clauses which would allow them to block trades to a list of certain teams.
If the Phillies traded Hamels, the suitor would have to take on $132.5 million that is left on the contract he signed in July 2012. The only team crazy enough to take on that kind of money on is the New York Yankees and with the way the Yankees spend money, it would make sense for the team to try and go after Hamels.
New York has a backlog of outfielders to trade on the major league roster as well as in the farm system. Brett Gardner, Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki are all possible options for the Yankees to trade this winter, as well as a slew of prospects including Mason Williams, Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin. Philadelphia could scoop up Gardner and possibly a prospect for Hamels in a potential deal.
Hamels would be a good addition to a depleted Yankees rotation which is very unsure on Masahiro Tanaka‘s posting status at this point. Hamels would add a boatload of payroll on top of who the Yankees signed this season, but he also brings over a good pitching pedigree in his short career.