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.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.