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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: May 23, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:46 pm
 

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

He said wins not ERA.... Don Rey, doesn't get it again. Poor guy!



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:33 pm
 

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

How does run support have anything to do with your ERA? Felix Hernandez don't have run support either, but his ERA is fabulous. GTFO here with that excuse. His ERA is jacked up because he got jacked up.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:31 pm
 

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

He had only 1 good season and a half. You have to be crazy to sign him to that deal, but if anyone does it I hope it is the Phillies to pay him that much.  Eat your wallet out.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:06 pm
 

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

Hamels WHIP was one of the lowest in the entire league last season plus his control is becoming mindboggling good.  I say if the phils can average around 4.5 runs per start for Cole he wins 17-20 games no problem.  His biggest issues are with his own team, the last two seasons is he has received very poor run support and was the main factor in him winning one game in eight starts, the phils would have to be crazy to let him go, three awesome and i mean awesome with a capital A starters almost guarantee you a playoff spot. 



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:49 pm
 

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

As a Braves fans sure hope philly signs him to that sort of contract.


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Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:43 pm
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Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:42 pm
 

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

I have nothing against Hamels, & I think he is a solid pitcher, but he is not worth Cliff Lee and/or CC Sabathia money...



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:33 pm
 

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

Who wins the Wold Series says nothing about the quality of the league. The bad teams in the NL are really poor and much worse then the lesser teams in the AL. A NL pitchers stats can not be compared to the AL pitchers. Hammels will not be worth that kind of money in the AL.
Hamels doesn't need to worth that type of money in the AL.  Considering what Sabathia makes, I would assume Hamels might get more *sarcasm*.

Are you upset that the Red Sox won't get him for cheaper if he decides to hit free agency and sign with them?



Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:21 pm
 

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

Who wins the Wold Series says nothing about the quality of the league. The bad teams in the NL are really poor and much worse then the lesser teams in the AL. A NL pitchers stats can not be compared to the AL pitchers. Hammels will not be worth that kind of money in the AL.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:16 pm
 

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

5th player in history to win the LCS and WS MVP in the same post season (Livan Hernandez, Orel Hershiser, Darrell Porter, Willie Stargell).  


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