Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 7/18/12

Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies

The rumors are all over. They all say some variation of the same thing. The Philadelphia Phillies are readying the biggest offer that they’ve ever made to a pitcher in their 130 year history for Cole Hamels.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported last night that the Phillies will offer Cole Hamels somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-years and $120 million plus. Those numbers should sound familiar – that’s the same amount they paid Cliff Lee, he of 1 win this season, when they signed him in free agency in 2010.

It’s easy for most of us to sit here and say how Hamels should sign that contract without hesitation, but in the end, I’m not sure what Hamels’ motivation would be to sign the deal.

You see, it’s pretty clear that Hamels is oh so close to a historic payday. Waiting until November would dramatically increase the amount of money and perhaps the amount of years that Hamels will get. It’s an opportunity that every professional athlete waits to get to. A chance to have teams bid for your services, giving you full control and the pick of the litter. Who wouldn’t want that?

Of course there are drawbacks as well. Hamels could go out in his next start and blow his arm out (heaven forbid) and that would probably leave him really regretting turning down $24 million a year. It’s a chance he will probably take though.

In the meantime it’s not really the place of the fans to pass judgement on his decision. Obviously it’s a no brainer for us to sign the contract, but this isn’t just about getting a boatload of money, it’s about status. For Hamels, free agency is a way for him to gauge his true value. He can find out just how much a team wants him. To get a deal worth what some of the best pitchers in baseball are earning shows that Hamels has made it and is at the top of his profession. It shows that his efforts and his hard work are appreciated.

At the end of the day, I’m judged by how many of you read this story. The more of you that read it, the more I feel appreciated. Stupid analogy? Not really. It’s the same with most people at work. People want to be compensated in a way that shows they are valued. Athletes just operate on a completely different scale than the rest of us.

I certainly hope Hamels gets a fair deal and that he signs it and stays in Philadelphia. He is a key component to this team’s future success, and I believe that losing him would be a difficult blow for the organization. At the same time, I also understand his desire to be appreciated and feel like people out there value his efforts.

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