Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Phillies and Rangers are still discussing a potential trade involving pitcher Cole Hamels. Heyman adds that both sides still appear to be far apart and there isn’t much optimism that a deal would be reached, but the door hasn’t been shut yet.
The Rangers recently lost Yu Darvish for the season to Tommy John surgery and are hurting for starting rotation help. Ross Detwiler, Nick Martinez, Nick Tepesch, and Anthony Ranaudo are competing for spots at the back of the rotation behind Yovani Gallardo, Colby Lewis, and Derek Holland. The Rangers hope Holland — who had microfracture knee surgery last year — will be ready to go not too long after the regular season begins.
The Phillies, meanwhile, are in the midst of a rebuild. They have been openly shopping Hamels for quite some time, but are holding out for a significant haul of prospects. The Padres had talked with the Phillies before signing James Shields, and the Red Sox still remain interested but aren’t willing to part with Mookie Betts or Blake Swihart to acquire the lefty.
As announced by John Blake, the Rangers’ executive vice president of communications …
Darvish will miss the entire 2015 season and probably the first month of the 2016 season. He spent the final six weeks of the 2014 campaign on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow and then left his Cactus League debut this spring after suffering a sprained elbow ligament. The 28-year-old right-hander is due $10 million from the Rangers this season, another $10 million in 2016, and then $11 million in 2017.
Yu Darvish sought three opinions on his sprained elbow ligament and they all recommended Tommy John surgery, so the Rangers ace will go under the knife next week. Dr. James Andrews will do the honors.
He’ll miss the entire season, but the hope is that by choosing the surgery now rather than attempting the rest-and-rehab route Darvish will be back early in 2016 and perhaps even by Opening Day. He’s dealt with elbow problems since last season, when he spent the final six weeks on the disabled list.
Darvish has been fantastic since signing a six-year, $56 million deal with the Rangers in 2012, going 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA in 545 innings while holding opponents to a .216 batting average and posting a strikeout rate of 11.2 per nine innings that ranks as the highest in baseball among starters.
Texas had the worst record in the league last season as injuries wrecked the roster on the way to 95 losses and Darvish being knocked out for the year is a major blow to the Rangers’ hopes of returning to contention. He’s signed through 2017.