Originally written on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 7/28/12

While we wait to see if this exact incarnation of Philadelphia Phillies can actually win meaningful games and work to keep its core intact, the front office of this organization took a major step in showing us their commitment to winning long term this week.

Locking up Cole Hamels was one of the soundest moves the Phillies have made in a long time. Hamels is going to make a ton of money, but in the long term, you can hardly doubt that he is in the prime of his career with probably several more productive years ahead of him. The age of 35 can be a drop dead year for pitchers for whatever reason. Sure there are people like Jamie Moyer and the like who pitch seemingly forever, but a number of pitchers begin a decline at 35. The beauty of the Hamels deal is that the team will be able to assess that situation with Hamels before deciding what to do at the end of his contract.

More importantly, by signing their hometown ace to the richest contract that any Philadelphia team has ever given out, the Phillies demonstrated their commitment to winning.

Even as they are stuck in the mire of a terrible season, the team felt compelled to spend and insure the future. It may have partly been motivated by the fans of the city almost demanding the team to keep Hamels, but I really do believe there was a lot more to it than that.

Whether we want to admit it or not, the Phillies are in a transition. They are getting older, and it has shown big time this year. Some how, some way this team has to find a way to get younger before the wheels fall completely off the wagon. We will likely face a future without Chase Utley very soon. Roy Halladay may only have another year left with this team. Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco are sure locks to not return next year, and there are a ton more holes along the way.

While Ruben Amaro will be tasked with the heavy and daunting decisions on what to do to help this team back to relevancy, at least we know we won’t have to do it without Cole Hamels.

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