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Will the Phillies pay Cole Hamels?

Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:59 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 9:00 pm

Cole Hamels
By Dayn Perry

The Phillies might be progressing toward a contract extension for lefty Cole Hamels. Or both sides might be locked in a holding pattern. The Sporting News takes the former position, while Ken Rosenthal of tweets that the latter is the case.  

Hamels, who's entering his walk year, will make $9.5 million for 2012, and, given his performance history and age (he won't turn 29 until December), he'll command a hefty contract on the market. The challenge for the Phillies is to lock him up before he gets there. 

On the other hand, while the Phillies are flush with revenues these days, they're also committed to more than $112 million in payroll spread across just 12 players for next season. As well, they're also faced with losing Shane Victorino after this season, and following the 2013 season Chase Utley and Hunter Pence are both eligible for free agency. In a related matter, it's quite possible that the Phillies are going to run up against the luxury tax threshold in the near future. That's surely going to be part of their calculus. 

Hamels's profile means he's likely going to command a contract of at least six years and at something north of $20 million per, unless, of course, the nebulous "hometown discount" comes into play. Are the Phillies willing to pay those rates and pony up for Victorino and take care of business with Utley and Pence when the time comes and perhaps pay the (luxury) tax man? Those are the difficult questions GM Ruben Amaro will soon be forced to answer. In all likelihood, everything starts with Hamels.

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Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:08 pm

Will the Phillies pay Cole Hamels?

I love Victorino, and I think that Pence is great.  But there are other players out there who are just as good as Shane and other players out there who can fill Pence's shoes.  Further, if D-Brown progresses over the next couple of years, you won't need either Pence or Victorino.  Lord only knows there are a hundred alternatives when it comes to outfielders.  As for Utley, he is the heart and sould of the team now, but in a couple of years, he will be even older and even more broken down.  If the Phils were ready and willing to part company with J-Roll if the price wasn't right, you can bet your bottom dollar that Chase is going bye-bye if he wants a king's ransom.

On the other hand, there is no replacement for Hamels...none.  What about Cain or Kershaw or Lincecum?  Yea, OK, sure, but they are ALL going to get uber-bucks.  And I don't think any of them are as good as Hamels, and in terms of left-handers, there is no debate at all.  If the Phillies do not fork over a 6-year, $120-$140 million contract, they are incredibly stupid. 

And if they lose Hamels, they will start losing free agents too.  There will be a ripple effect that will not stop.  Why did Lee come back to Philly?  Why did Halladay want to come here?  What made Polly want to come back?  It's because you have a chance to win.  No Hamels, and, in a couple of years, no Roy or Cliff either, and the Phillies are a last place team in 2016.

Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:45 pm

Will the Phillies pay Cole Hamels?

Amaro has already proven that he believes championships begin with pitching. That said, I think he goes after Hamels and lets the chips fall where they may with Victorino, Utley, and perhaps even Pence (although I see them going after Pence more than the others). As much as I love Utley, there is no way he will get a top-tier contract, not with his injuries, decrease in production, and age, so maybe he is a non-factor in the Hamels discussion. I also cannot see them overpaying for Victorino. So Hamels should expect to be paid by Amaro and the Phillies.

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:21 pm

Will the Phillies pay Cole Hamels?

i agree kingmason. but i do believe the phillies will pony up. there has been word the past couple days that the phillies and hamels agent are in more serious talks now. i know they had a meeting today and word was that t went good and things are progressing. a couple weeks ago i was sure the phillies were going to let hamels walk because i didnt think they would pay 3 pitchers around 70 mill a year. but it is starting to seem more and more likely that a deal will be done soon. probably even before the season starts, if the phillies are smart....

Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:14 pm

Will the Phillies pay Cole Hamels?

He deserves the money. Honestly guys like these are getting under payed. Ian Kennedy who was runner up for cy young and finished 21-4 isn't even making a million dollars. Phillies either pay Hamels or let him go somewhere where he will get payed fairly

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