Poll: Will The Phillies Extend Cole Hamels?

The Phillies are reportedly preparing a large extension offer for 28-year-old southpaw Cole Hamels, who shut down the Rockies today at Coors Field in a well-scouted game.  We've heard Hamels expects to be paid as an elite pitcher, so his next contract is surely headed north of $100MM.  In recent months Matt Cain and C.C. Sabathia both chose extensions over the open market, signing five-year contracts worth $112.5MM and $122MM in new money, respectively.

The Cain and Sabathia contracts include reasonable sixth-year vesting options, but that fully guaranteed sixth year is probably what both pitchers sacrificed by signing prior to full-blown free agency bidding wars.  The Phillies already have one starting pitcher megadeal on the books, having created the template by signing Cliff Lee for five years and $120MM plus a vesting option in December 2010.  A year and a half later, a Lee/Cain/Sabathia-type contract would be a reasonable offer from the Phillies for Hamels, but he may want more.  The clock is ticking, because if they can't extend Hamels, the Phillies' best path is probably to trade Hamels for a nice bounty this month.  How do you see it playing out?


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28 Comments on "Poll: Will The Phillies Extend Cole Hamels?"


bigpat
3 years 18 days ago

What is this luxury tax you speak of? I have no idea. 

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 18 days ago

I think they’ll extend him, haven’t really pictured him in any other uniform.

soxfan123123
3 years 18 days ago

Trade him get some good prospects then re-sign him in the off-season!

P.S. im a whitesox fan

3 years 18 days ago

Trade Shane Keep Hamels. Hamels has his family already setup here! Hamels will make more money from the Phils than any other team. 

Samuel Lushtak
3 years 18 days ago

I hope Larry Baer opens up the purse strings, he’d be great in San Francisco!

3 years 18 days ago

25 mil – Howard
24 mil – Lee
20 mil – Halladay
12 mil – Papelbon
15 mil – Utley

Total: 96 mil

could cost
15 mil – Pence
20 mil – Hamels

Total: 131 million for 7 players.  Hello Luxury Tax!  That is why they won’t keep Hamels.

nm344
3 years 18 days ago

They have already said many times the money is not an issue with Hamels, the years are.   Phillies can go over the luxury tax a year, it goes up to 189 for 2014 and Utley will be off the books.

Guest
3 years 18 days ago

I doubt he signs right now. When a player is this close to free agency he tends to test it. I’m not saying the Phillies won’t sign him but if they do I think it would be in the off season.

Jbink2585
3 years 18 days ago

Trade him but don’t give him away he has made it this far what is another 2 months he isnt going to sign a deal now. I am aware of him being rental, but teams must also realize that if phils lose him to free agency they get two picks in top 40 upcoming draft, so a package must at least be better than that. Imagine angels they would go hamels weaver cj, instant ws contender, if hes traded to rangers he is the ace of that staff, and then detroit imagine verlander hamels in short series lol. I guess only time will tell what the price of a ws is for these teams.

CT
3 years 18 days ago

The Phillies are really going to regret the Howard contract, especially when it increases to $25 million. That money could be going to Hamels instead of wasting it on Howard.

nm344
3 years 18 days ago

Did you just realize that?  It won’t cripple them though, They will still have 150-160 million to use on other players.

Rex_Chestington
3 years 18 days ago

I hope they extend him and then trade Doc back to the Jays for Gose, Snider and Nicolino

Joliet__Jake
3 years 18 days ago

Hamels should be retained by the Phillies given the quickly advancing ages of what would be their remaining “aces” Halladay and Lee.

nm344
3 years 18 days ago

because Heyman and Olney said so?  He’s staying in Philly.  Phillies have to prove they are in the Yankees/Red Sox league to their fans.  The upcoming TV contract is going to pay this investment off.

bigpat
3 years 18 days ago

 Doing that would probably set the team back further. They need to get some flexibility so they can fix their 3B and outfield situation when Victorino leaves as well.

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 18 days ago

No! Because he said so!

stl_cards16
3 years 18 days ago

I agree.  I think they are going down the same road the Cubs did with Hendry.  If they gut the team and re-build, it’s basically Amaro throwing in the towel and saying he messed up.  As long as he is the GM, they will keep just slapping on band-aids and seeing if they can make another run.  In reality, it’s only making things worse in the long-run.

nm344
3 years 18 days ago

Did the Yankees tear it up and rebuild after 2008 when they missed the playoffs?

dylanp5030
3 years 18 days ago

I don’t think he’s expecting those kind of numbers….that’s Kershaw/Strass/Trout/Harper/Stanton numbers.

Jbink2585
3 years 18 days ago

I am phils fan hes not worth that, hes a great starter he doesnt have the feel of an ace… hes worth bucks not that much… 

nm344
3 years 18 days ago

Yeah they went out and signed Teixeira CC and Burnett.  Farm had nothing to do with it.  Teams with money fix holes by spending.

nm344
3 years 18 days ago

Yes, because Phillies haven’t even signed their new one yet.  From what I hear its going to be between 3-5 Billion bucks.  Think on this: Philadelphia is the largest one-team market in baseball.

sports33
3 years 18 days ago

Greater Philadelphia Area population: 1.526 million people
Greater Toronto Area population: ~6 million.
Care to rephrase?
And also, who do you hear from on the size of the TV contract? Or are you just making it up? Or did a journalist hear this and now you’re just repossessing it as your own?

nm344
3 years 17 days ago

You think a market ends within city limits?  Phillies have all of Eastern PA, South Jersey and all of Delaware.  Add those up.  

3 years 17 days ago

The Philadelphia TV market is approx 7 million people.  Philly is the 4th largest TV market in the US.

3 years 17 days ago

btw 1.5 million is the city only.  Not including the suburbs and rest of TV market

expos94
3 years 17 days ago

the blue jays broadcast across Canada so even then the numbers don’t match the blue jays audience 

sports33
3 years 17 days ago

That is my own stupid fault. Sorry, I was tired.