Originally posted on PRO Rumors  |  Last updated 7/13/12
In the past couple of weeks there has been a lot of rumors surrounding left handed pitcher Cole Hamels. It's been said that the Phillies, in case they become sellers, could deal him as long as they can't sign him to a long-term deal. Yesterday, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com said that the Phillies are preparing a “substantial offer” to Hamels to see if they can sign him in the next two weeks. He adds that in order to lock Hamels to a long-term deal they might have to offer him “one of the largest contracts in team history.” Back in May, we learned that Hamels was looking for a seven-year deal, but I said I wouldn't go beyond five-years and $95 million. A deal similar to the one the Angels gave to C.J. Wilson's (5-year $77.5 million). Stark though, believes that Cliff Lee's deal with the Phillies (five-year, $120 million) and Matt Cain's deal with the Giants (five-year, $112.5 million) will influence Hamel's negotiations. The problem with such a big contract for Hamels is that the Phillies are either nearing or already exceeding the $178 million luxury-tax threshold, although a source close to Stark said that the Phillies can “find a way to sign Hamels and stay under the threshold in 2013 and beyond.” Hamels, 28, is 10-4 with a 3.20 ERA, 1.1 HR/9, 2.2 BB/9 and 9.0 SO/9 in 118.0 innings for the Phillies this season. Image by Keith Allison under the Creative Commons License Agreement.
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