2015 MLB Trade Rumors: Cole Hamels, Yasiel Puig and More
The 2015 MLB trade deadline is rapidly approaching, so we would be foolish not to spark some extra conversation about the biggest names and their potential landing spots.
We’ve already seen Scott Kazmir moved (to Astros) and numerous names could be shipped off in the coming days. We can’t speculate on every single player that has been rumored to be on the trading block, but we sure can touch on the latest MLB trade rumors that involve some big names. Let’s get to it:
Hamels to NYC?
The New York Yankees have inquired about Phillies ace Cole Hamels, and rightfully so. Hamels is simply wasting away on one of the worst teams in baseball, while the defensively-challenged Yanks badly need to add an arm (or three) to bolster their pitching rotation. Putting Hamels at the top of the heap would certainly make them more dangerous and could round out their depth a bit. Philly seems to be into some of New York’s young prospects, so it will be interesting to see if the normally veteran-heavy Yanks will pull the trigger.
Puig Staying Put
Few hitters have hit the MLB trade rumor mill more frequently than L.A. Dodgers masher Yasiel Puig. Despite all of the chatter, though, the Dodgers have “assured” their star outfielder that he’s not going anywhere.
Justin Upton, Mets Deal in Limbo
The Padres have been sinking and appear to be selling, which has Justin Upton and others potentially on the block. The New York Mets, desperately seeking some bats for their stale offense, are said to be the most interested team at this point, but talks have stalled due to San Diego’s desire to lure away some top young prospects. The deal isn’t officially dead, but it’s far from guaranteed. Upton is far from the only player on the trading block for the Padres, who are said to be shopping most of their top pitchers, including James Shields and Andrew Cashner.
Carlos Gomez Still Waiting
The Milwaukee Brewers have turned things on lately, but still aren’t a safe bet to avoid being one of the league’s bottom five squads. That has them in fire sale mode, where several bats could be pushed out of town. Gomez is by far their most popular hitter circling the trade rumor wagons and the talk continues that they’re willing to let him go. Many teams have inquired what it would take to get him, with the Baltimore Orioles recently adding their name to the list.
Zack Wheeler Discussion
The Mets, we’ve noted, need some bats. They’re pretty hard up for some offense, so much so that they’re considering dealing prospect Zack Wheeler. Wheeler was looking like a sound arm a year ago, but is coming off of Tommy John Surgery and could be a health risk. Someone could take interest in his long-term upside, though, and if the price in bats is worth it, New York could ultimately pounce.
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