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ICYMI: Rangers’ Cole Hamels Donates Mega-Mansion To Charity

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‘Tis the season for giving; and Texas Rangers southpaw Cole Hamels recently went above and beyond in that department.

Last Monday, multiple outlets reported that Hamels and his wife Heidi had donated their mega-mansion in Branson, Missouri, to charity; more specifically, Camp Barnabas.

The estimated worth of the mansion has varied among sources between $9.4 to $10 million.

See for yourself the 32,000 square foot complex which covers nearly 100 acres:

Courtesy of NBCSports.com

Hamels, the 12-year Major League veteran who turns 34 on Wednesday, explained why he chose to donate his mansion to Camp Barnabas, per SBNation:

“There are tons of amazing charities in Southwest Missouri. Out of all of these, Barnabas really pulled on our heartstrings. Seeing the faces, hearing the laughter, reading the stories of the kids they serve; there is truly nothing like it. Barnabas makes dreams come true, and we felt called to help them in a big way.”

The non-profit Camp Barnabas is “a unique ministry providing Christian camping experiences to people with special needs and chronic illnesses, along with their siblings”, while providing “ministry and social experiences that increase spiritual knowledge, social learning, and human dignity.”

Hamels is entering the final year of his six-year, $144 million contract he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2012 season, and his third full season with Texas (was traded from Philadelphia mid-2015).

Overall, this is an enormously generous gesture by Hamels and his wife. NBCSports reports that the pair will relocate to the Dallas, Texas area, where Heidi’s originally from.

Merry (late) Christmas, and Happy New Year!

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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