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FA guesses for Phils lefty Hamels: $150M-$175M

Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:59 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 2:32 pm
 

The Phillies better lock up Cole Hamels, and they better do it before he becomes a free agent after this season. A quick survey of three agents, none with ties to Hamels, revealed that they believe Hamels would garner between $150 million and $175 million as a free agent.

Here are the guesses of the three agents (of course, keep in mind these are not management guesses):

--$168 million, seven years

--$150 million to $175 million

--$150 million to $160 million

Hamels professed his love for Philadelphia and keen interest in remaining a Phillie earlier this spring, and his words aren't the usual hollow tripe, as he resides in Philly year-round even though he hails from beautific San Diego.

Hamels' longtime agent, John Boggs, is visiting Clearwater and talking to Phillies management, and there seems to be some hope for a deal even if nothing appears imminent. Not too much is being said by the Phillies, but it is hard to imagine Philly, a team that is quite generous with its core players, letting him slip away.

If he does go, some figure the new Dodgers owner, whoever that may be, might want to make a splash by luring the Southern California product.

This deal is not going to be cheap either way. One of the agents surveyed said that as a free agent Hamels is sure to use as comps the past deals from the elite left-handed pitching market, meaning CC Sabathia's $161-million, seven-year deal (Sabathia added one year and $30 million this winter, thanks to his opt-out clause), Cliff Lee's $148-million, seven-year Yankees offer (he took $120 million over five from the Phillies instead) and to a degree Johan Santana's $137.5-million, six-year deal, though that deal is a few years old.

The Phillies should be able to get a bit of a discount on a Hamels deal since he wants to stay to play for a perennially winning team that sells out and has created buzz around the city. But the Phillies shouldn't mess around here. The key to their team are the three ace pitchers, and the other two are on the wrong side of 33. Lee is 33 and Roy Halladay will be 35 in May.

Hamels, only 28, is practically a necessity for Philly.  


Comments

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:17 pm
 

FA guesses for Phils lefty Hamels: $150M-$175M

No I'm not upset in any way. I just hope the Sox don't throw silly money at any NL pitcher. Keep him or even better let the Yanks sign him to silly money.
Better hope the Yanks shy away from signing him.  Hamels has some pretty good numbers against the Sox.



Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:09 pm
 

FA guesses for Phils lefty Hamels: $150M-$175M

Speaking of padding stats , hitters must love hitting in fenway . The HR record would be 100 if bonds hit there . 



Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:08 pm
 

FA guesses for Phils lefty Hamels: $150M-$175M

the AL stinks.

and the NL WEST is always underrated since 1998.

padres went to the WS in 98
rockies went in 2007
giants won in 2010
d backs won in 2001
dodgers just stink



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:01 pm
 

FA guesses for Phils lefty Hamels: $150M-$175M

   , when was the last time the ALwon the WS?



Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:39 am
 

FA guesses for Phils lefty Hamels: $150M-$175M

I would also profess my love for the National League if I were a pitcher, never mind witch team I played for.

The many inept hitters helps you build your stats/value. Pitching for Phillies helps you even more since they are one of the few decent lineups.



Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:31 am
 

FA guesses for Phils lefty Hamels: $150M-$175M

No I'm not upset in any way. I just hope the Sox don't throw silly money at any NL pitcher. Keep him or even better let the Yanks sign him to silly money.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:38 am
 

FA guesses for Phils lefty Hamels: $150M-$175M

The Phillies are on the verge of signing a $4-5 BILLION cable deal with Comcast in 2014. The "salary cap/luxury tax" is also going up by $10/15 million dollars. Money is no problem. 5 years/$120 million and he's 33 years old when this contract would be up, thus putting him in line for a second huge contract.

Not a chance in hell Hamels signs a 5 year deal with anybody.  It's going to be around 7 or even 8 years at least, no doubt about it.

He's a great pitcher capable of dominating when he's at his best and he's only going to be 29 when he's an UFA.  And don't forget he's a lefty too..... pretty tough to find a MLB left that's as good as this guy in the free agent market.

The Phillies better lock him up fast because the further into the season this goes the more the odds increase that he tests free agency. And if he pitches as well as he did last year or better, the price will only go up as the season goes on.

Don't let the Steinbrenner boys fool ya.  Sure, they say they want to decrease their payroll but if the Yankees struggle during the season or playoffs with their pitching, I betcha they'll be all over Hamels in free agency.  And then you have Boston with some uncertainty in their rotation with injury issues in the past who can open up the vault for Hamels.  And a few other teams as well....

If I was the Phillies gm I'd blow the socks off Hamels with a massive extension offer right now.  And if they really are about to sign a 4 or 5 billion dollar Comcast deal there is no need to be frugal at all... this is one guy you don't mess around with at all. 



Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:33 am
 

FA guesses for Phils lefty Hamels: $150M-$175M

Dude the Braves owned the East for the better part of two decades, something like 15 straight.  The Phillies are the losingest franchise in the history of sport.  You've had a couple of good years and have a really good team right now but act like you're the yankees or cardinals.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:45 am
 

FA guesses for Phils lefty Hamels: $150M-$175M

The Phillies are on the verge of signing a $4-5 BILLION cable deal with Comcast in 2014. The "salary cap/luxury tax" is also going up by $10/15 million dollars. Money is no problem. 5 years/$120 million and he's 33 years old when this contract would be up, thus putting him in line for a second huge contract.



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:22 am
 

FA guesses for Phils lefty Hamels: $150M-$175M

Why? There is no cap in baseball, the phillies have contracts coming off the books every year and they sell out every game.  



Braves had Rev. last year of 209mill, philly 231mill, the almost 200mill philly payroll is not sustainable.


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