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Off Night for Hamels Costs Phils

28 Jul

The Phillies came up pretty short in a series that is said to have serious implications for their season.

The series with the Brewers, and their terrible bullpen is over, and once the Braves went up 5-1 it was hard to believe that the Phillies could come back.  The Phils were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position, and left nine on base.

Defensively they committed two costly errors.

The $144 million dollar man didn’t quite have it either.   Cole Hamels threw more balls than strikes when throwing 100 or more pitches for first time in his career.  It was also the shortest outing of the season for Hamels, who only went five innings. Hamels surrounded a career high six walks to the Braves.

“Obviously, I didn’t do my job,” Hamels said. “We’ll find it. We hit some rough patches. With the caliber of players we have, I know we’ll be able to find it. I know it’s a little more urgent to do right now, but I have the confidence all five of us will work hard and get the job done.”

Some were saying that the humidity was having an effect on Cole’s grip.  Hamels didn’t deny it, but said it was no excuse despite having to change his undershirt and jersey, twice.

“It’s not going to be the last time it’s ever going to be humid” Hamels said.

Yep, six homers, in six games. The story of the night might just be Brian McCann, who just KILLS the Philles. McCann is 9 for 25, with six homeruns, and 16 RBI against the Phillies this season.  He’s homered in every game he’s played against the Phillies this season.

This series might just decide if the Phillies are buyers, or sellers for the season.  Ruben Amaro Jr. and several of his front office cronies got to witness the defeat in person, as they are traveling with the team.

“These three games are important, yeah,” Ruben said before the game. “How determinant they are about how we go about our business from here on in, I don’t know yet. Again, it’s kind of a fluid situation. If we get swept here, it’s going to make things very daunting for us. We take two out of three, that’s good. We happen to sweep them, even better.”

Well, the sweep is out, but two of three is still a possibility.

If the Phillies are going to make up any ground in the race to the playoffs, it’s going to have to happen in their division.   The Phils are 11-23 against NL East and 29-22 against the rest of the National League.

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Hamels Signs Six-Year $144 Million Deal

25 Jul

Multiple sources have confirmed that the Phillies will announce that Cole Hamels has agreed in principal to a six-year, $144 million dollar deal.  A deal that will make Hamels the richest player in team history.

Hamels’ deal includes an option for a seventh year,according to MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes. It’s a club option at $20MM or a vesting option at $24MM. The option vests if three conditions are met: Hamels is not on the disabled list with a left shoulder or elbow injury at the end of the 2018 season, and he pitches 200 innings in 2018, and he pitches 400 innings in 2017-2018 combined.

Hamels’ extension will be the second-largest contract ever for a pitcher, trailing only C.C. Sabathia‘s seven-year, $161MM agreement with the Yankees. Hamels obtains the largest extension for any pitcher in history, surpassing Johan Santana‘s $137.5MM deal with the Mets. Hamels obtains the same AAV as teammate Cliff Lee, who signed a five-year, $120MM contract with Philadelphia two offseason ago.

If the club exercises its option, Hamels will earn $158MM over seven years. If the option vests, he’ll earn $162MM over seven years ($1MM more than Sabathia).

This deal keeps Hamels under Phillies control until he’s 34.

In total, the Phillies are committed to $133 million in 2013 payroll for only nine players. That does not include a $5 million team option for catcher Carlos Ruiz which will surely be exercised, and a possible $15 million payment through arbitration for outfielder Hunter Pence.

You have to give it to the Phillies, they have done some crazy things in years past, but their commitment to their fans, and winning are really something special.

Sorry Texas, Hamels is a Phillie.

The Phillies will announce the deal today, during a Noon press conference.

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Latest: Cole Hamels Talks and Trade Rumors

15 Jul

Photo: US Presswire

Here’s the latest chatter on Cole Hamels from around the web:

According to multiple reports the AngelsDodgers, and Rangers had scouts in attendance to watch Cole Hamels’ start against the Rockies this afternoon.  The lefty didn’t disappoint, dealing eight innings of one-run ball at Coors Field.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com tweeted that The Rangers sent Don Welke, the senior special assistant to GM Jon Daniels, to Denver to watch Hamels pitch, and he hinted that Texas wants Hamels bad. Salisbury says that a source told him The Phillies are still “trying like heck” to sign the left-hander.

I hope he’s right.

The Phillies’ offer to Hamels is “expected to be in the ballpark that they know the left-hander will want, this close to free agency,” tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Brian Coulter from PhilaPhans  tweeted “My only guess on the offer to Hamels: 6 years for $150 Million. 7th year is a vesting option at $30M. Buyout at $15M. Final total: 6/$165M.” 

I think he’s pretty spot on.

Here’s the rest of the chatter courtesy of MLBTraderumors.com

  • The Dodgers and Phillies have had discussions about Hamels, but the Phillies aren’t thrilled with the players they would receive in return, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. The Dodgers could become more aggressive in their pursuit with news that Chad Billingsley is suffering from elbow issues.
  • The Phillies have a scout attending the AngelsYankees game fueling speculation the Halos could be in on Hamels, writes Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Heyman lists 10 teams that could be interested in Hamels, as well as the Brewers‘ Zack Greinke.
  • In the same piece, Heyman quotes one official who says there’s a 30% chance the Phillies sign Hamels to a long-term extension.
  • Outside executives believe the Phillies will work feverishly to extend Hamels rather than trade him, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman provides three reasons for such a theory, including that it’s harder than ever to land a commensurate package for a star in his walk year given the rule changes in the new collective bargaining agreement.

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Cole Hamels Opens Up On Trade and Free Agency

8 Jul

This is the best look into the Cole Hamels contract situation so far… It’s a must read.

Great, great stuf from CSNPhilly’s Leslie Gudel.

Does Cole Hamels want to remain a Phillie after this season? After spending 20 minutes with the All-Star lefty on Sunday morning, I would say the answer is yes. Of course, it’s not that simple. Arriving at a new contract suitable to both parties will be a challenge. 

And then there is the lure of more money or years from another team — a team like the Dodgers, for example. We got into that and more during our conversation:

Read the rest here! 



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Hamels on the Block?

2 Jul

Could Cole Hamels really be on the block?

The Phillies are apparently making calls to gauge trade interest in All-Star pitcher Cole Hamels, according to CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.

Ken Rosenthal, of Fox Sports reports a similar finding.  He said on his Twitter account: “Can confirm that #Phillies are calling teams on Hamels, asking for massive haul.”

That massive haul is said to be 4-5 prospects.  High A types. However, the Phillies will make at least one more attempt to sign Cole Hamels to a long-term contract before the team fully commits to dealing the left-hander, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.com.  Many have speculated that the Hamels camp is looking for a 7-year deal, and the Phillies would like to stay around 5.  Hamels’ deal will likely be a record number, and deservedly so. He was drafted in the first round (17th overall) of the 2002 draft., and took the Phillies to two World Series, winning one of them in 2008 as the MVP.

I can’t say I’m surprised, just saddened.

Hamels, 27, will become a free agent after this season. He is 10-4 this season with a 3.08 earned run average.

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Ruiz, Hamels and Papelbon – All-Stars!

2 Jul

Phillies Cole HamelsJonathan Papelbon and Carlos Ruiz will suit up for the National League in this year’s All-Star Game, to be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Carlos Ruiz, elected as a reserve at catcher, is a first-time All-Star and is currently leading the NL in batting average (.358). Hamels (10-4, 3.08 ERA) is going to his third All-Star Game and Papelbon (18 saves) his fifth.

I feel it’s a travesty that our fans couldn’t get Chooch into the game as the starter.  If we had spent a little less time complaining and instead of voting, Chooch would have been behind the dish to start the game.

I’m just glad he’s going, as he really deserved it.

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Would the Phillies Really Trade Cole Hamels?

17 Jun

Geez.  I don’t know what to think  here anymore.

The Phillies, barring some amazing comeback may have some decisions to make come July 31st. I’m sure that teams may have interest in guys like Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, Jim Thome, Cliff Lee, and of course Cole Hamels.

What you woud get from these guys, differs in each case.

I think out of all these guys the Phillies have the most interest in retaining Cole Hamels, but it’s going to be a bit tough.  Cole would like to be (and deserves) to be paid like one of the premire pitchers in the game.  He’s done a lot for this team, and community, and deserves everything that’s coming to him.

What the Phillies have going for them in the negotiation is that Hamels likes Philadelphia.  He’s rooted in the community, with all his charitable work, and he has grown up in the Phillies organization.

We know now that it’s gonna take 7 years, and probably $130MM+.  Yes, I think that the Phillies will listen to some offers, but unless they are absolutely blown away with an offer, I think they would turn it down.

I still feel that the Phillies find a way to get it done.

Who would I consider for a trade?

I’d dangle Victorino and Lee.

Shane is having an average season, and if we’re not in contention in the last two months, I’d say let’s see what people have to offer.

I’d say the same with Cliff Lee.  The honeymoon is over with Philly and Cliff Lee.  He’s been nothing more then an average pitcher, besides those two months last summer, and blew Game 2 of the NLDS in 2012.  He’s eating up far too much money for the Phillies to hold on to him if that’s all he’s gonna give.  Considering the years on his contract with the Phillies he would be attractive to a team with a lot of $$ that doesn’t want to commit to the years.

Hunter Pence is driving me nuts this season, but I think he’s our best bet for protecting Ryan Howard in the future.

I don’t know weither it’s worth trading Thome, because I don’t think any team is going to give you something for him.  However, if the Phillies are out of it at the end of July, I’d like to see the Phillies give Jim the option of moving to a contender (if they want him) so he can have the opportunity for a ring.

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