While we’re still months from the non-waiver trade deadline, MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reports the details on Cole Hamels’ limited no-trade clause (Twitter link). It’s already known that Hamels can block deals to 20 teams, but Morosi adds the nine teams to which Hamels can be traded without his consent: the Mariners, Cardinals, Nationals, Astros, Cubs, Phillies, Royals, Rays and Braves. Obviously, the inclusion of some teams in that list of nine is largely a moot point; the Royals and Rays in particular wouldn’t take on Hamels’ salary, for instance. The 34-year-old Hamels is earning $22.5MM this season and is also guaranteed at least $6MM in the form of a buyout on a $20MM club option for the 2019 season. The four-time All-Star and former NLCS and World Series MVP is looking for a rebound campaign after posting a career-low 6.4 K/9 and the second-highest ERA (4.20) of his career in an injury-shortened 2017 campaign.
A couple more notes out of Arlington…
- Rangers GM Jon Daniels tells Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he’s “leaning” toward keeping Bartolo Colon on the team’s roster as a means of preserving some rotation depth. Texas needs to open a 25-man roster spot for Martin Perez to come off the 10-day DL on Thursday, but they can’t make that move with Colon unless they designate him for assignment, at which point he’d be exposed to waivers and could reject an outright assignment even if he clears. “This early in the season, I’m more of the mind-set to add to our depth rather than to take it away,” said Daniels. The 44-year-old Colon held the A’s to one earned run on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts through six innings in his Rangers debut yesterday.
- Though the Rangers added Cameron Rupp on a minor league deal earlier today, the move wasn’t made due to any concern over the team’s current big league tandem of Robinson Chirinos or Juan Centeno, manager Jeff Banister tells MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. Rather, Texas simply felt it was a valuable opportunity to add a depth piece with plenty of big league experience. “I don’t think our catching is an area of concern, but I don’t think you can have enough quality catching,” said Banister. “…We know on any given night, one of these guys can go down.” Banister spoke highly of Rupp’s offensive ability and his throwing arm, citing several first-hand looks at Rupp from his days on the Pirates’ coaching staff.