The Phillies and the agent for Cole Hamels have recently picked up the pace of discussions regarding a possible extension for the left-hander, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports. The discussions indicate that the Phillies intend to make a major push to sign Hamels to a long-term contract before the July 31st trade deadline.
The Phillies are now willing to offer Hamels a six-year deal — a first for any starter in Phillies history — Stark writes. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports confirms that the Phililes are willing to offer six years. The Phillies are sending signals that they're planning to make an initial six-year offer for $130MM or so, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported yesterday. John Boggs, who represents Hamels, will weigh Philadelphia’s offers against the possibility of a lucrative multiyear contract in free agency a few months from now.
Teams that have spoken to the Phillies say the club has put trade talks involving Hamels on hold, according to Stark. Those teams say they’ve been more interested in discussing deals involving other players. However, the Phillies have prepared for the possibility of trading Hamels by scouting the prospects of rival teams.
Looks like Hamels is going to get his 6 years. Money was never a question, Phillies will just print more of it.
I want to see him traded
The phillies need to fire RAJ and bring In a gm that knows how to rebuild a team.
Why? They don’t really need a rebuild. His drafts have produced at least four quality prospects in my opinion. Those prospects being: Jesse Biddle, Larry Greene Jr, Roman Quinn, and Mitchell Walding.
I’m not the biggest Ruben Amaro Jr. fan but I don’t think it’s fair to say he can’t rebuild a team. If anything, he was one of the contributors to the original rebuilding under Ed Wade.
The contract’s he’s given out have been horrible and will hamstring the team, no doubt, but as the money for Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, Placido Polanco, etc comes off, we’ll have a better chance at acquiring talent to fill those holes.
Fred 'face' Reichwein
Because building a team around a 27 year old world series MVP isnt a good building block right??
Yes, Hammels is a great pitcher and you should keep him if possible but, Amaro has ruined the farm system, the roster is old, brittle and highly overpaid and there will be a day when the Phillies aren’t even competitive. Do you just keep spending ? There has to be a plan in place for the long term future of the team!!
Seriously…? It’s right at the top of the page.
Surprised it’s not on here yet, but Jim Salisbury just reported that the Phillies are set to offer Cole Hamels 6 years 144 million.
If that doesn’t get it done then he doesn’t really want to be here. The most money the franchise has ever given a player if he signs. If it’s all about respect and loyalty, I don’t know what would be more loyal.