Cole Hamels Reiterates Desire To Stay With Phillies

Signing Cole Hamels to a contract extension is "not a pressing need," GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, "but it's something we're absolutely on top of."  Amaro has explained the timetable to Hamels and his agent, John Boggs.  Gelb says the Phillies do not want to trade Hamels.

Hamels commented last night to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, "It's not really on my mind because I'm still locked in with the team, which I'm happy about.  It'll work its way out. I'm just going to go out there and focus on pitching. I feel like I have a really good agent, [John Boggs]. I hope he has a good relationship with [general manager] Ruben [Amaro Jr.] and they'll be able to work well together."  Hamels later added, "You don't really think the grass is greener on the other side.  This is the organization I've come up with. We're winning. Why would you ever want to leave? You want to be on a winning team, and the team wants to win."

Hamels could earn $14MM or more in 2012, his last year of team control before hitting free agency.  He expects to be ready for Spring Training following an October elbow procedure to remove loose bodies.  In general, Hamels noted that he feels no need to sign quickly due to fear of failure or injury, having come back from a broken arm in high school.



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