For most of the season it was assumed that the Philadelphia Phillies would trade left-hander Cole Hamels at some point, since the three-time All-Star will hit free agency when the year is over. The conventional wisdom was that the Phillies couldn’t afford to be competitive for him money-wise because of the other financial commitments on their ledger.
Now all of that has changed apparently, as the Phillies and representatives for Hamels are reportedly deep into contract negotiations that would keep him in Philadelphia for the foreseeable future.
The Phillies have made re-signing Hamels their top priority and have begun to make a major push to get him under contract before the July 31 trade deadline. Philadelphia is now willing to sign the 28-year-old to a six-year extension, whereas the team was previously only offering four years.
Back in April the San Francisco Giants signed right-hander Matt Cain to a five-year, $112.5 million extension, which has set the market for pitchers at ...