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.
Reds no. 1 prospect Nick Senzel is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday, the club announced Saturday. Senzel tore a tendon in his right index finger on Friday and is not expected to make a full recovery before the 2018 season comes to a close, though any offseason activity has not yet been ruled out.
Prior to the start of the season, MLB Pipeline ranked the 22-year-old infielder first in the Reds’ system and sixth in the league overall. He made a fine impression in his debut with Triple-A Louisville, too, slashing .310/378/.509 with six home runs and eight stolen bases in 193 plate appearances. A call-up seemed inevitable at some point in 2018, though the Reds will now have to shelve any immediate plans for the third baseman as he works through a lengthy recovery process in order to take the field sometime in 2019.
Impressive numbers notwithstanding, it’s been a rough year for Senzel. He missed nearly a month after another chronic bout of vertigo and logged just 21 games in Louisville before landing on the disabled list again. This appears to be the first significant injury of his professional career so far.