Phillies in “staredowns” with four teams over Cole Hamels


In a video for CSN Philly, Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies are involved in “staredowns” with four teams involving left-hander Cole Hamels: the Padres, Cardinals, Rangers, and Red Sox. Salisbury adds that it will be tough for the Phillies to get the value they’re looking for and a trade isn’t likely to happen until the Phillies are into “the warm weather months”.

Hamels, 31, has four years and $96 million remaining on his contract. Hamels would likely require an acquiring team to pick up his $20 million club option for 2019, rather than pay the $6 million buyout, in order to approve a trade to a team on his limited no-trade list. The Red Sox are one team known to be on that list.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.