New York Yankees trade rumors indicate the team still wants Cole Hamels. In fact, the Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies further discussed a trade for the starting pitcher, but again the Phillies may be asking for too much. A report from CBS Sports late Sunday, July 26, indicates that the Phillies asked for top pitching prospect Luis Severino or top outfield prospect Aaron Judge. The Yankees said no.
This is not surprising news, and it confirms that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is not going to overpay to acquire a starting pitcher before the July 31 MLB trade deadline. Not only will he not part ways with Severino or Judge, he is also telling other teams that they have no intention of trading first baseman Greg Bird or shortstop Jorge Mateo either. It basically means the Yankees are unwilling to deal any of the top four prospects in their Minor League system for a chance to improve in the short-term.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Cole Hamels just threw a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs. It inevitably led to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro bumping up the trade value of his ace starting pitcher. As with previous New York Yankees trade rumors, though, Cashman refused to budge when it came to giving up the top players in the system. It’s a good path to take if the intent is to make sure that the franchise will continue to flourish in the long-term.
If the Yankees continue to play “hardball” when it comes to negotiations, the Phillies might stop picking up the phone. The means that the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers are the clear favorites to acquire Hamels before the deadline. The Chicago Cubs already made an offer that the Phillies turned down, the Red Sox have turned down overtures by the Phillies, and there could possibly be another team or two that would like to take on Hamels for that second half push. For the Rangers, this gives the team a clear advantage, especially given the desperation the front office has to secure some starting pitching.
With how well the team has been playing lately, it doesn’t seem like the Yankees are that desperate to make a move. Still, the reason that there are so many New York Yankees trade rumors floating around is that the team has a lot of question marks when it comes to the starting rotation. As it stands, expect the team to look elsewhere for a second-tier starter before the MLB deadline hits.
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