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The Cardinal Nation blog:
There are at least two other pitchers that had to wake up happy on Wednesday morning over the new six-year, $144 million offer that Cole Hamels has accepted from the Philadelphia Phillies. One is Zack Greinke of the Brewers, who becomes the top free agent target to hit the market this fall.
The other is St. Louis Cardinal Adam Wainwright. Though the 30-year-old (he turns 31 on August 30th) has another year on his current contract, seeing the prices for pitching escalate across the game has to make him feel very good.
With Chris Carpenter’s distinguished career nearing its end, soon Wainwright will be the sole anchor of the Cardinals staff. As good as the prospects coming up through the minor league system are expected to be, the staff needs a leader.
There seems no doubt that Wainwright is the man. The only question is how much money it will take to retain his services. Specifically, will the Cardinals pay $20 million per season?
Let’s look at some recent extensions of pitchers’...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Phils have finally cut a deal with Cole Hamels, signing him to a six-year deal.
After waiting for most of the season, the Phils have finally been able to sign starter Cole Hamels to a multi-year deal, which should keep him as a Phil through at least 2018. The deal, which is for six years, with a club/vesting option for 2019, and contains a limited no-trade clause, is worth $144...
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...
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...
The trade talk surrounding Cole Hamels can now stop, as the left-hander doesn't appear to be going anywhere. According to multiple reports, Hamels has agreed to a six-year extension with the Philadelphia Phillies. USA Today and CBSSports.com both report that the deal is worth $144 million, while FOXSports.com says that the deal is "only" worth $137.5 million. The USA...
At first glance the tendency is to look at the new ballpark that Hanley Ramirez will play in and say this is bad for fantasy owners. Marlins Park has proven to be a better than average hitter's park and we know historically that Dodger Stadium hasn't been great. I don't care. This is a good trade for Hanley owners. He needs a change. He's hit under .250 for more than...
Cole Hamels toes the rubber tomorrow night for the Philadelphia Phillies, which will be the first of many memories. Does Atlanta have pitching problems and a streaky offense?
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Cole Hamels is staying in Philadelphia!
According to early reports from ESPN's Buster Olney, the lefthander and the Phillies have agreed to a six-year, $144MM contract extension. Hamels and the team will announce the deal in a press conference later on this morning at CBP.
Late last night, word broke out that the Phillies and...
When Ruben Met Cole
A classic fairy tale ending by Michael Baumann of Crashburn Alley.
My alternate “Jerry Maguire” ending:
INTERIOR LOCKER ROOM - NIGHT
Ruben enters. Cole Hamels is seated in front of his locker toward the back of the room.
Ruben: Hello. I’m looking for my ace.
Cole stands up, robbed of words. Stunned, he does not move.
Ruben: Alright. If...
Veteran starting pitcher Cole Hamels is off the trade block and has agreed to a new deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. ESPN, through Buster Olney is reporting via Twitter this morning that the Phillies have reached agreement with the coveted pitcher last night. He reports that the deal is worth approximately $140 million dollars over six years.Reportedly, this will...
The Philadelphia Phillies are closing in on a six-year extension worth $137.5mm, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.
An executive outside the Phillies organization speculated that the Phillies' offer to Hamels could be for at least six-years and $140 million. Not that shabby of an estimate.
If the deal goes through as it is reported, it would be the second largest contract...
Now that Cole Hamels has an extension in Philadelphia and Hanley Ramirez is a Dodger, the baseball industry has latched onto the latest trade deadline fascination.
Will the Phillies trade Cliff Lee -- again?
Four general managers of other clubs told FOXSports.com Wednesday that Lee is not yet formally available, but other executives expect Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. will consider...