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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: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:12 pm
 

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

how can you say that didnt los angeles angels just sign   for way more

 

 




Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:04 pm
 

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

Maybe I just don't know much about baseball but looking at his career stats, 150M seems like way too much.

What am I missing?



I have to agree, that is way too much money for a guy who had a career year last year. But hey if they want to throw that much money at Hamels and handcuff themselves even more than i'm all for it.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:57 pm
 

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

Maybe I just don't know much about baseball but looking at his career stats, 150M seems like way too much.

What am I missing?




Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:19 pm
 

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

i guessed right for j werth and bautista. someone give me a prize. im joking.
i said werth would get holliday money and everyone was dissing me here.

y'all are scrubs.

personally i could see 159m-180mil

hes getting 20mil/season easy. the market is about that much.

in other news.

lets hope matt cain goes 5 year 90 mil. 


not many players are worth 20 mil in my opinion. hamels is one that could be worth it.


TDAISON
Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:11 pm
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