Found May 07, 2012 on Race Review Online:

Cole Hamels tradeEvery contender thinks that they have the perfect team at the beginning of the season. Now we’re into May and teams are surprised to learn that their team may not be as balanced as they once thought. Thus, the trade rumor mill starts a churnin’. Everyone wants to know what the Boston Red Sox are going to do to try and turn their season around, or what Tampa Bay’s plan is to get through Evan Longoria’s time on the DL. The teams still have a couple of months before the deadline but that doesn’t stop them from shopping around right now.

The team everyone seems to be concerned with is the New York Yankees. The Yankees definitely need help in their pitching rotation. The Bronx Bombers starting pitching rotation is not looking to hot right now. They also have a GM in Brian Cashman who is not afraid to pull the trigger on a trade if he thinks it is a good deal. He is one of the biggest movers and shakers in professional baseball. The Yankees have the prospects and money to make just about any trade that they want. This is why many feel that they will be targeting a quality starting pitcher this season. The Cubs are rumored to be shopping Matt Garza. The right-hander could provide a boost to the Yankees rotation and at 28 he is still young enough to have a lot of good years in front of him. He is having a great season so far in 2012 with an ERA under 3. If he is on the trading block the Yankees should target him.

One of the most surprising trade rumors circulating right now is that the Philadelphia Phillies may be willing to ship Cole Hamels before the trading deadline this year. He is in the final year of his contract and is looking forward to a huge payday this offseason. Philly hasn’t even started contract talks with the ace pitcher leading some to believe that they are open to trading him for a bat that could bolster their struggling offense. The Phillies devastating starting lineup could see a major loss this season in an attempt to score more runs.

The Red Sox could be shopping Aaron Cook. They did not call up the pitcher from Triple-A meaning that he can opt out of his contract if he so desires. The Red Sox could be looking to trade him to add some production to their struggling offense. Another rumor is that they could be shopping veteran third baseman Kevin Youkilis in an effort to get younger. The Red Sox have been in a upswing since their early season struggles so only time will tell if they decide to make a deal in an effort win the extremely tough AL East.

One thing is for sure all of these teams are talented enough to win the World Series right now in some areas but are just a player or two away from winning a championship. They all have enough money to get just about any deal done. At least one of these teams should hire movers and make a deal before the July 31st trading deadline during the 2012 season.


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