Found July 25, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels had long been the subject of speculation of where he would end up spending the 2013 season. In the end, however, there was one place that he really wanted to end up. "It's very hard to leave a place you've had so many great memories and have been able to enjoy so much good, and you know there's so much more good to come. You don't want to miss it, you don't want to not be a part of it," Hamels said. And with that and a whole lot of green, Hamels waived his right to become a free agent and signed a six-year, $144 million deal to remain with the Phillies -- the club that drafted him in the first round in 2002. It is a landmark deal in so many ways for Hamels and the Phils. The contract was the second longest ever given to a starting pitcher in major league history, topped only by C.C. Sabathia's $161 million, seven-year contract in 2008. It was the first contract of more than five years given to a ...

Report: Phillies Offer Hamels $140 Million; Hamels Hasn't Said Yes

According to the New York Post's Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1), the Phillies have elevated their offerings to left hander Cole Hamels to $140 million. Although the offer is close to Hamels' asking price, Hamels has not yet said yes to it. Hamels is 11-4 with a 3.23 ERA in 19 starts this season, the last of his contract with Philadelphia. The lefthander has been in the Phillies...

Hamels falters in first post-signing start against Braves

In a game the Phillies had to win, Cole Hamels and the Phillies offense faltered in a 6-1 Braves win. In five innings, Hamels gave up five runs, three earned, struck out seven but walked six in five innings. The defense was shaky, as with two outs in the second, as Mike Fontenot let a ground ball tie him up and the Braves went ahead 2-1. With two out in the bottom of the 5th, Brian...

Phillies could trade Cole Hamels after all

Earlier this week, we learned that the Philadelphia Phillies and left hander Cole Hamels were working towards a long-term deal. And today, Joel Sherman of the New York Post said that Hamels hasn't accepted their offer yet increasing the likelihood of him being traded. An executive outside the Phillies organization told Sherman that the Phillies' offer to Hamels could be at...

Sources: Hamels, Phillies close to six-year extension

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

Hamels Not Himself as Phils Lose 6-1.

Final: Phillies 1, Braves 6. WP: Ben Sheets (3-0, 0.50 ERA) LP: Cole Hamels (11-5, 3.31 ERA) Cole Hamels's first start since signing his 6-year extension did not go quite as one would expect. He allowed five runs to cross the plate over just five innings pitched, while walking a career-high six batters. The Phillies could not pull off a late-innings heroic comeback for their...

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 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...

Sheets, Braves beat Hamels, Phillies

ATLANTA (AP) -- Brian McCann hit a three-run homer off Cole Hamels and Ben Sheets continued his impressive comeback to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 on Friday night. Hamels (11-5), making his first start since signing a six-year, 144 million contract on Wednesday, set a career high with six walks in his shortest start of the season. He allowed five runs...

Braves Snap Phils Four-Game Win Streak with 6-1 Victory

  Cole Hamels made his first start tonight since signing his six-year contract extension. He's coming off a loss against the Giants in which he allowed five runs on ten hits. This wouldn't be a much better start in Atlanta. The Phillies scored first off of Ben Sheets. Sheets has made two starts this season for the Braves, and he did not allow a run to score in those...

Phillies-Braves Preview

Signed with minimal expectations, Ben Sheets is providing the Atlanta Braves with a surprising lift in their pursuit of a playoff berth. Expectations are much greater for Cole Hamels, who the Philadelphia Phillies are banking on to get them in playoff contention for the next half-dozen years. Pitching for the first time since signing a massive contract, Hamels looks to lead the...

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...

Unheralded Anibal Sanchez May Have Found Perfect, Comfortable Home With Detroit Tigers

Anibal Sanchez might not carry the sterling playoff resume of Cole Hamels or the Cy Young hardware of Zach Greinke, but that dosn’t mean he won’t help the Detroit Tigers strike it rich prior to baseball’s trade deadline for a … Continue reading →
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