Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 7/10/12

Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies. Photo Courtesy of Renee Cendrowski.

If the story of the year for the Phillies has been their sudden and rapid fall from grace in the NL East, then the second big story has been what to do with Cole Hamels.

So far in the saga of Cole, we have heard that he will leave the Phillies to go to the Dodgers once he hits free agency. We have heard that the Phillies will trade him sometime in the next 3 weeks to the Texas Rangers.

We’ve heard Ruben Amaro and team President David Montgomery contend that the team CAN afford three $20 million aces, and that their top priority is to re-sign the homegrown Hamels, he of the World Series MVP.

We’ve heard Hamels say that he wants to play for a winner. We’ve heard him say that he is curious to see what other teams think his value is. Most crucially, over the past few days, we’ve heard Hamels say he wants to stay in Philadelphia. “You don’t leave when things are going well.” he said before leaving for Kansas City to prepare to take part in his third All Star Game.

Well, newsflash, things AREN’T going well at the moment. Hamels believes this Summer of Discontent is a bump in the road. “You can’t do it (win) forever. It’s very hard, but you have to be able to get back up and do it again.”

Hamels recently told CSNPhilly’s Leslie Gudel that even if he were to be traded before the deadline this year, that it wouldn’t preclude him coming back and signing here a la Cliff Lee.

Cole Hamels has expressed a strong desire to remain with the Phillies. He noted growing up watching Tony Gwynn remain a San Diego Padre for his entire career. He also acknowledged that it is increasingly difficult to do that in the age of free agency.

“That says something about a person if they’re able to do that (stay in the same place). I’ve been a Phillie forever, and it’s always a possibility I’ll be a Phillie forever.”

Whether its lip service or true sentiment, Hamels has handled the chaos of this season like he handles himself on the mound – with poise and maturity. If Hamels wants to stay in Philadelphia, then he should. The Phillies need to make this happen now.

Time is running out.

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