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No extension for Hamels just yet

Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:16 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 12:14 am

By Matt Snyder

The Phillies are focusing only on a one-year deal with left-handed starter Cole Hamels.

“We’ve had discussions with Cole,” assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said during a TV appearance Tuesday night ( “Right now, we’re focused on a one-year deal.”

Proefrock reportedly reiterated they were only focusing on avoiding arbitration with Hamels and nothing further.

On the surface, that doesn't sound like a huge deal. Hamels is eligible for arbitration, so he's not going anywhere this year. He'll pitch for the Phillies all of the 2012 season. But he will hit free agency once the season is concluded, and that could certainly be important.

Consider that C.J. Wilson signed a five-year, $77.5 million contract in free agency this winter. Mark Buehrle signed a four-year, $58 million contract of his own. Wilson is a 31-year-old lefty. Buehrle is a 32-year-old lefty. Hamels will be 29 next winter and he's better than both Wilson and Buehrle. Six years and nine figures sounds pretty reasonable for Hamels in comparison.

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Also, Wilson and Buehrle signed in a winter where the following teams were not willing or able to spend big money on pitching: Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Cubs, Dodgers, Mets and a few others. And those two still landed big offers. Look ahead to next winter and the landscape is entirely different. The Yankees have about $50 million coming off the books before next season, and the Red Sox about $30 million. The Cubs right now only have just over $33 million committed to the 2013 payroll and could blow anyone out of the water, should they choose. And what if the Dodgers and/or Mets ownership situations are finally resolved? That's a lot of teams with a lot of money that could either drive the price through the roof or steal Hamels altogether.

Simply, the Phillies will face some deadly serious competition in trying to re-sign Hamels next winter. In fact, that could very well be the reason they haven't been able to come to terms with Hamels on an extension to this point. You know Hamels' agents are looking at that list of teams and licking their chops about the possible bidding war.

One factor that might help the Phillies in retaining Hamels -- in addition to the fact that up to this point he's continually said he wants to stay in Philly -- is that the starting pitching class next free agency period is very crowded. The following hurlers could be free agents, barring extensions or options being picked up: Scott Baker, Matt Cain, Fausto Carmona, Jorge De La Rosa, Ryan Dempster, Gavin Floyd, Zack Greinke, Tim Hudson, Colby Lewis, Shaun Marcum, Brandon McCarthy, Anibal Sanchez, Ervin Santana, James Shields and several more.

Then again, is there anyone on that list you'd rather have than Hamels? Not for me.

So while this little tidbit of the Phillies only focusing on one year doesn't seem huge right now, it could very well be enormous come the 2012 Winter Meetings.

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Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:16 pm

No extension for Hamels just yet

Hamels is not only young and very good...he is particularly good in big games. The Phillies would be wise to get a deal done now and lock him up.  Given what other FA pitchers getting and given the potential competition for his services after next year the Phillies one year deal right now might be penny wise but pound foolish when Hamels is starting games for the Yankees...

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:31 pm

No extension for Hamels just yet

Hamels is young, tested, experienced and his head is solidly on straight. He's a true gamer and a great teamate. Scott Boros or not ...make 5-6 year deal now. Make IT HAPPEN...<br />

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 3:33 pm

No extension for Hamels just yet

Suck it up pay the luxury tax and get on with it already!
You want a winning organization well I’m afraid you must pay them like winners, example New York Yankees "winners" enough said.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:55 pm

No extension for Hamels just yet

Laugh if you want people, but given Hamels' contract status, I wouldn't tack on much more than a mid-level arm in addition to d'Arnaud. He's one of the most highly regarded prospects in baseball, and by many accounts, already major league ready.
Not laughable, but definitely not doable.  Not with other needs on the team elsewhere.  The Phillies don't need to be set at catcher for the next decade, they have other things to address in the infield.  Such as 3rd base, and the years beyond Utley/Rollins.  Also consider the amount of prospects the Phillies gave up to get any of the other 3 pitchers the past 3 years (Doc, Lee, Oswalt), the price in that type of trade goes higher.

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:47 pm

No extension for Hamels just yet

Pay the Man. Enough said.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:47 am

No extension for Hamels just yet

icky Nolasco is the odd man out if the Marlins sign Anibal long term. They were trying to peddle Nolasco to the Rays or Cubs, but that $8 mill contract Nolasco has is garbage for a guy who is barely hanging on as a number 5 starter to give 7 or 8 good starts in the season

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:43 am

No extension for Hamels just yet

Sorry, but I would pass up Cole Hamels if I could land 2 or 3 solid pitchers to deepen my rotation. Anibal Sanchez, Ervin Santana, and Fausto Carmona can all be signed for the same amount you're willing to dump on Cole Hamels. Sanchez and Santana are not as good as Hamels, but they can bring it when they are on and can match some of the top pitchers on occasion. Imagine you have a top Ace like a Roy Halladay, C.C. Sabathia, or Tim Lincecum, and a number 2 who is almost as good. Signing a couple starters at the back end like Sanchez or Santana who are close to being #2 pitchers would deepen the back end of your staff and take pressure on the front end. Come playoff time you would have a well rested rotation. That would prevent problems like what the Yaankees and Brewers went through when C.C. pitched every 3 days and got worn out.

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:45 am

No extension for Hamels just yet

I think the Phillies should at least try to lock him up for a 5 year contract.It would be smart to do that now than to get into a bidding war next year and end up losing out.I personally think he is worth a 5 year deal. And they could probably get away cheaper by doing it now than waiting.But if he isn't in there long term plans I agree with Blitz get what you can get now and cut the ties.

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