They say that the true measure of a general manager can only be seen over time. Now is the time to look back and realize how Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro made a big mistake when dealing with Cole Hamels.
In January of 2009 Ruben Amaro signed Cole Hamels to a 3 year contract to buy out his arbitration years and try to remove some of the unpleasantness that Hamels had in previous contract negotiations. I penned an article then discussing how Amaro should have made Hamels given up one or more of his years of free agency to get the guaranteed money then. Had he done so, things would be very different now for the Phillies budget.
Had Amaro gotten just one extra year included in this contract, something that is fairly standard when buying out arbitration years, Hamels would be signed for next season for much less money then he will command now. After 2013, the Phillies budget will have more flexibility and extending Hamels would be less of an issue.
Had Ruben Amaro negotiated bett...