From Nick Cafardo’s notes in the Boston Globe …
According to one Phillies source, the Yankees have come the closest to landing [Cole] Hamels, offering a package of prospects that at least has given the Phillies a baseline for future talks.
So it sounds like this is something the Phillies could circle back to if their talks with other teams aren’t as fruitful. Or maybe the Yankees’ interest is all about drumming up the cost for their rival, the Red Sox, who have been tied most tightly to Hamels this winter.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman suspects that the Texas Rangers may take another long look at Hamels now that staff ace Yu Darvish is facing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
Hamels posted a terrific 2.46 ERA (151 ERA+) and 8.7 K/9 in 204 2/3 innings last season for Philadelphia.
The 31-year-old left-hander is under contract for the next four years at a total of $94 million.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.