Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi announced yesterday that will donate their 104 acre estate and the 32,000 square foot mansion which sits on it, valued at $9.75 million, to charity.
The house, which sits on a lake outside of Branson, Missouri, will be given to Camp Barnabas, a faith-based group that “helps individuals with special needs and chronic illnesses.” As the name suggests, the group provides camping experiences, so the acreage and home will either serve that end or, possibly, sold to help fund that end.
Hamels and his wife built the house in 2012 and were planning on selling it themselves, but decided instead to donate it. Their full announcement can be read at The Hamels Foundation website.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.