Yankees “have come the closest to landing” Cole Hamels

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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.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”