Trade Talk: Hamels, Anderson, Kennedy, Benoit, Masterson, Danks

It feels like things are getting quieter and quieter on the Yankee front as the deadline draws closer.  Here are today’s rumors:

Via Jon Heyman, the Phillies have been asking for “packages of multiple top prospects” from teams expressing interest in Cole Hamels, including the Yankees.  The feeling is that he’s not going anywhere and no specific prospects have been mentioned by name.

– Lefty Brett Anderson is the newest name on the wire as a potential rotation option for the Yanks, although Ken Rosenthal says Colorado is not interested in trading him and are looking to sign him long-term.

Ian Kennedy is apparently still on the radar, but Chad Jennings reported earlier today that the talks between the Yanks and Padres were “medium”.  Because MLB trade talks and hot sauce flavors are the same thing, you see.

– While we’re on the Padres, righty reliever Joaquin Benoit‘s name has come up today as a target.  He’s got a 1.88/2.65/3.06 slash line with a 31.1% K rate in 43.0 IP and is owed $8 million next year with an 8 mil option for 2016, but Andy Martino says there is “nothing going on” right now.

Justin Masterson is off the board, traded to the Cardinals for Double-A outfielder James Ramsey and… nothing else.  Way to sell low, Cleveland.  Jesus.

– With him gone, John Danks continues to be the starting pitching name most closely tied to the Yankees.  The latest, according to Heyman, is that the Yanks and White Sox are “still apart in terms of the package New York would send back” for Danks, which more than likely means Chicago is asking for more than Cash is willing to give up.  Fine with me.  No need to overpay for a guy who’s torn his shoulder capsule.

Born in Dover, Delaware and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, Brad now resides in Wisconsin, where he regularly goes out of his way to remind Brewers fans that their team will never be as good as the Yankees. When he’s not writing for IIATMS, he likes to spend his time incorporating “Seinfeld” quotes into everyday conversation, critiquing WWE storylines, and drinking enough beer to be good at darts.

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