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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 12, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:49 pm
 

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

lol, yes I do. I don't eat, sleep, breathe baseball. I don't play fantasy baseball. It's about time MLB brings in a salary cap. The union is robbing the fans.




Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:41 pm
 

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

Another thing you have to think about, although his playoff performance and era being low doesn't make this a huge point, but with Lee and Doc in the roatation and previously having Oswalt, Hamels would often be set up against an opposing teams 3rd or 4th pitcher. Then consider how good Philly has been offensively that can also inflate his wins numbers, which aren't even that impressive, because they have a superior pitching match up. He is still good, but if a team signed him for that kind of money to be a number one guy he might not match up as well. 

I personally don't see him as an ace on a playoff team, a good number 2 started.
The point about the contract though makes sense, it is only so high because he is a lefty. Comparred to other left handed guys he is probably in the top 5, if he was right handed he wouldn't be such a big target. 



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:35 pm
 

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

Baseball salaries are ridiculous. I've never even heard of this guy.

Then obviously you don't watch baseball.



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:28 pm
 

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

how can you be a baseball fan and never hear of Hamels.  He was only part of the biggest story in baseball for months leading up to the regular season last year.  Plus he was world series mvp won they won it. 


baseball salaries are ridiculous but you cant blame the players for taking what the owners are giving them.  the only way to stop it is quit buying tickets, jerseys, hats anything they get money from.  



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:23 pm
 

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

I take it your not a baseball fan then.



Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:23 pm
 

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

cant see him getting morethan5/90, shuld be more like 5/75



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:23 pm
 

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

How stupid are these agents?  The guy has had 15 wins as his best season (given he has had 3 years where his numbers would suggest he should have 17ish wins) and his numbers are inflated by pitching for an inferior National League.  If an AL East  team committed 22+ million per year to Hamels, they would be pissed within two seasons. 


I see Hamels as a solid guy who could haul in 15-17 million a year, but that would be 5-7 million away from what these nutcases are calling for.  Saying Hamels should get well over 20 a year with his numbers suggests that maybe a dozen or so pitchers should also be making at least 20 a season. 


Hamels is just not worthy of Sabathia money.     



Since: Feb 12, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:22 pm
 

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

Phillies will lose one of their 3 aces at the end of this year probably. With the Marlins and Nationals rising one of them could soon take over this division.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:17 pm
 

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

Baseball salaries are ridiculous. I've never even heard of this guy.



Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:14 pm
 

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

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