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Agent says Yanks fit what Hampton is looking for
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Mike Hampton didn't enjoy his first stint in New York when he was a starter for the Mets.
Apparently, he might reconsider a move back to the Big Apple if he was wearing pinstripes.
Newsday reported Saturday that the Yankees and Colorado Rockies have held talks regarding a trade for Hampton, citing multiple baseball sources.
Even though the left-hander has a blanket no-trade clause in his contract, his agent said Hampton would waive it to join the Yanks.
"I think it's fair to say that the Yankees would certainly fit under Mike's qualifications of what he'd be looking for if he leaves Colorado," agent Mark Rodgers told Newsday. "He's looking for a team that, on an annual basis, does all it can to win."
Hampton, 30, has a 21-28 record and 5.75 ERA in his two season with the Rockies, but it hasn't been a great relationship since the starter left the Mets after the 2000 season to sign an eight-year, $121 million deal with Colorado.
According to the report, the Rockies have been trying to trade Hampton for over a year, but haven't come close since Colorado will need to pay a big part of the remaining $103.5 million of the pitcher's contract.
If Hampton does indeed leave Colorado, he wouldn't be the first -- the late Darryl Kile and the Mets' Pedro Astacio also left the club.
According to the Newsday report, the Mets, Astros and Rangers also have talked to Colorado about Hampton.