Hamels Makes It Clear – He Wants To Stay

21 Feb

Photo: Miles Kennedy/Phillies

Cole Hamels spoke with a small collection of reporters after his workout on Tuesday where he addressed a few questions reguarding his contract status with the Phillies.  He answered a bunch of tough questions, but gave really great answers.  If you’re a Phillies fan, than you’re gonna like a lot of what he said.

“I was very fortunate enough to be drafted to an organization that is trying to win and obviously has won,” Hamels said. “Every day, every year, we seem to get some top players. So that kind of shows the value and the direction the team wants to go. I’ve just been very fortunate to be a part of it. And it’s also something where I don’t know any better.

“I live in Philadelphia. I’ve been here for I guess 10 years now, so that’s been something that’s been kind of nice, kind of something I’ve been focused on. It’s a great organization to play for and I’d love to be a part of it.”

What will make the negotiations with the Phillies pretty difficult is that they already have both Roy Halladay, and Cliff Lee under contract for VERY big money.  It’s very possible that given his age, and talent that Hamels himself is inline for a similar deal, and should he reach the open market, he would likely be the most sought after free-agent next fall.  But he doesn’t necessarly want to be compared to his teammates.

“Those are two guys (Halladay, and Lee) that are two of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball and (have been) for a substantial amount of years,” Hamels said. “I’ve been able to get stronger and a lot more intelligent baseball-wise. It’s just taking the next step to do what those two have done, which is to go out there and repeat, have successful years and stay healthy. That’s ultimately the big picture, to stay healthy, go out, play and help your team. That’s kind of where I’m at right now, to go out there and do it. And if I’m able to do it then things will obviously take care of itself.”

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