Found July 26, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
The deal is done. (PHOTO: AP) After weeks of speculation – actually, more like months – the Phillies and Cole Hamels came together on an agreement that will keep the left-hander in red pinstripes until at least 2018. How and why was the move made? Let’s examine some quotes from all parties involved. Cole Hamels -On support of Phillies fans: “Seeing the type of turnouts that the fans have done, I think that’s been one of the best parts of playing the game of baseball. The city of Philadelphia has been absolutely outstanding…the 250 sellouts here is pretty impressive.” -On being blown away by the fans after his last start: “It really showed me something the other day when I was pitching here. To be able to see the way they (the fans) came out…to see the way that they gave the support, that’s what I’ll ultimately remember every single time I go out there.” -On the NATION of fans: I never thought I’d be in this position ever. I love this game so much, you just want to go out and play

Phils Dangling Victorino For Bullpen Help

The Phillies have played some solid baseball lately, which has muddied their trade waters as the deadline approaches. They haven’t identified themselves as buyers or sellers just yet, and have the unenviable task of managing for the future without completely throwing in the towel this year. This hasn’t stopped Ruben Amaro from shopping various players, but in most cases this...

Want to Compete? Keep the Pitching, Trade Pence

Six years, $144 million. That’s $24 million per year for Cole Hamels, the Phillies’ third $20-plus million pitcher and their fourth player making an eight-figure salary. Conventional wisdom is that this move cripples the Phillies financially. They’re right up against the luxury tax this season and, with Hamels’ contract, have just under $140 million committed to nine players...

Phillies notes: Second comeback victory in a row, Hamels reported to have accepted the Phillies offer

Carlos Ruiz The Phillies look to sweep the Brewers after back to back comeback victories. The hero of the latest Phils comeback, Carlos Ruiz with his base clearing double. Hunter Pence followed Ruiz with a bloop single to right and Ruiz scored what was the seventh and winning run. Papelbon threw a ten pitch ninth inning to record the save. Looking alive! The Phillies who have won...

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Sudden life

The unexpected element is a plus for Jimmy Rollins and the Philadelphia Phillies.  Have you noticed the recent transactions in the NL East? TAL’S HANDY CAPS WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: I will publish after every battle that is not washed out.  I will have many season-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings and defeats. If you were directed here by a feed...

Phillies to Host Annual Event to Help Combat Lou Gehrig's Disease

Despite the Phillies not having a game until Friday as they will head down to Atlanta to play the Braves, they will still be at Citizens Bank Park today.  No, not for batting practice or a workout- they will be there for a much more important cause- The 28th annual Phillies Phestival.  Since 1984, the Phestival has raised more than $12.7 million for The ALS Association's...

Cherish This Weekend

9 games out of the playoffs with 3 games to play before the trade deadline. A sweep this weekend pulls the Phillies within 6 and in legitimate playoff contention. 2-1 puts them at 8 out, 1-2 at 10 out, and getting swept puts them 11 games out at the trade deadline and firmly in sell mode. Cherish this weekend – it may be the last time you see the Phillies together as you know them...

Gameday: Brewers (44-52) at Phillies (43-54)

Milwaukee Brewers (44-52) at Philadelphia Phillies (43-54) Marco Estrada (0-4, 4.10) vs. Vance Worley (5-6, 3.82) Time: 1:05, Citizens Bank Park TV: CSN Weather: Mostly Sunny, 92 Media: Twitter and Facebook Another day, another unbelievable comeback.  The Phillies will go for the sweep this afternoon. Vance Worley’s last start can be summed up by one bad inning. Worley...

Sources: Hamels, Phillies close to six-year extension

Phillies lock up Cole Hamels with monster extension, sources say.

Homegrown Hamels Staying With Phillies, Signs 6-Year Deal

Despite all the speculation that Cole Hamels would bolt for free agency, or that the Philadelphia Phillies would not be able to afford him, the two sides agreed to a six-year contract extension for $144 million, according to what major-league sources have reported to Ken Rosenthal. The Phillies are expected to make the official announcement later today. Rosenthal adds that the...

Cole in Their Stocking: Phillies, Hamels close on 6-year, $137.5 million extension

Cole Hamels is reportedly close to a six-year extension with the Phillies. (Philliedelphia/Kevin Durso) After winning three straight games in dramatic fashion, maybe things are turning around for the Phillies. One of the big things that say their not sellers: extending Cole Hamels. The Phillies appear to have done that. After making a six-year offer worth upwards of $140 million...

Phillies Comeback from 6-1 Deficit; Crush Brewers Bullpen to Win 7-6

Danielle Wilson/Philliedelphia  This didn't look promising from the sixth inning on, but another burst of offense would lead the Phillies to another comeback win, as crazy as it sounds.  Another rough start to tonight's game led the Brewers to scoring the first run. This happened in the top of the first when Corey Hart singled to score Ryan Braun. Cliff Lee's pitch...

Pettibone Promoted to IronPigs,

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To Atlanta They Go: Brave Series Preview

Philadelphia Phillies (45-54) @ Atlanta Braves (54-44) Pitching Matchups: Friday, 7:35 Very Rich Hamels vs. Ben Sheets Saturday, 7:10 Joe Blow vs. Mike Minor Sunday, 1:35 Doc Halladay vs. Tim Hudson Mohawks Offense: R - 450 (10th) AVG - .256 (17th) OPS - .729 (15th) Mohawks Pitching: ERA - 3.98 (16th) WHIP - 1.32 (19th) BAA - .253 (15th) Trading? Ryan Dempster...
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