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Ken Rosenthal had an article up on FOX Sports regarding how the Phillies will have a tough time re-signing Cole Hamels due to how the Phillies have managed their payroll structure. So let's shine some light on it.Let's take a look at how the Phillies payroll has grown over the last five seasons:2007: $89,428,2132008: $98,269,8802009: $113,004,0462010: $138,178,3792011: $165,976,381That's right: In only four seasons, the Phillies basically doubled their payroll. No other team has made a jump like Philadelphia has, trying to take full advantage of their infield core and push for multiple title runs. Now, they did win one World Series in 2008 (with Hamels as their rotation anchor, of all things) and have gone to three of the last four National League Championship Series, so if you base that as a success, seems like the plan has worked. But as basically all great payroll increases have shown in recent times, spending money doesn't breed a championship team so much as spe...

Kevin Goldstein Ponders Cole Hamels

Yesterday, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus posted an endlessly intriguing and entirely speculative article on both BP and ESPN Insider - what would it take to pry Cole Hamels away from the Phillies?Working with an unnamed MLB executive, Mr. Goldstein determined that the Phillies would, or perhaps should, look for a replacement in the rotation, bullpen help, insurance for the...

MLB Players and Owners Reach New Collective Bargaining Agreement

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the players and owners have come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new deal is expected to be announced on Monday. Original Post 1:00 PM Over the past couple of weeks, I have heard some of the news that has surfaced from the MLB labor negotiations, but I didn’t hear many of the details. Thankfully, my roommate shed...

Players and Owners reach new labor deal

#bbpBox_137317230764498945 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_137317230764498945 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }Sources: Baseball labor deal is done. Announcement Monday. #MLBabout 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite@Ken_RosenthalKen Rosenthal #bbpBox_137318002591924224 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_137318002591924224 a...

CBA Done

Ken Rosenthal reports that the new collective bargaining agreement is complete and will be announced Monday: The new agreement will not be perfect; several GMs already are livid over the new restraints on draft spending. Other details, including the creation of two additional wild-card playoff berths, also are certain to spark debate. But while reasonable people can disagree over...

Cole Hamels Reiterates Desire To Stay With Phillies

Signing Cole Hamels to a contract extension is "not a pressing need," GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, "but it's something we're absolutely on top of."  Amaro has explained the timetable to Hamels and his agent, John Boggs.  Gelb says the Phillies do not want to trade Hamels. Hamels commented last night to'...

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Pitching, not future, Hamels' top concern

Phillies fans had numerous reactions to Jonathan Papelbon's $50,000,058 contract, which he signed on Monday. One of the most relevant: How does this affect Cole Hamels?

Owners, Players Reach New CBA

The owners and players have settled on a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement which will be officially announced on Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of (Twitter links).

Good Rumors About Reyes: Marlins offer him six year / $90 million contact, Hanley doesn’t want to move, Mets still in play

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Marlins offered Jose Reyes a six-year, $90 million deal. A source told Rosenthal about that deal and the Marlins declined go comment on it. The Miami Herald reported yesterday that Hanley Ramirez would not want to move to third base should Reyes sign with the Miami Marlins. According to the Miami Herald, Ramirez said, “I’m the shortstop...

Don't Worry, Be Hamels

One of the absolute worst things about the baseball off season, other than the part where there is no baseball to watch, is that the imagination of the fans can run get the better of them thanks to there not being anything of substance occurring. Sure, we have a free agent signing here and a trade there, and  other things of a tangible nature, but sometimes, the stuff that isn&...

Dominance of Phils trio reflected in Cy vote

Phillies starters Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels placed second, third and fifth, respectively, in the voting for the National League Cy Young Award, which was announced on Thursday afternoon.
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