Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/25/12
Philadelphia Phillies starter Cole Hamels won’t be spooked into signing an extension, even after former teammate Ryan Madson suffered a career-threatening elbow injury this weekend.

Hamels, who becomes a free agent next season, has said he wants to continue to pitch in Philadelphia but won’t jump to sign a below-market deal with the Phillies, even with the threat of injury looming.

"No," Hamels told CBS Sports. "If you're in the game long enough, nothing can push you in a different direction and make you worry.

"If you're able to reach free agency, you've obviously had success in the big leagues, and there are going to be teams that trust you. Look at Brandon Webb, teams still trusted him even after a few surgeries. Mark Prior, after his injuries, teams were still interested because they knew if he came back, he could be a phenom again."

Hamels signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia this winter and will make $15 million this season. Both sides are optimistic they can reach a long-term deal to keep the former World Series MVP with the organization.

Madson, who signed a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds, will miss the entire season with a torn ligament in his right elbow. Madson was offered a $44 million, four-year contract to stay with Philadelphia but turned down the deal.

Hamels went 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA in 31 starts last season.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

A San Diego storm has turned Petco Park into a lake

Top eight storylines for NFL Scouting Combine

Mike D’Antoni calls out Rockets for being ‘soft’ again

WATCH: Dwight Howard ejected for hanging on rim

Capitals acquire Blues’ Kevin Shattenkirk in bold trade

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Chiefs making ‘strong push’ to make Eric Berry highest-paid safety in NFL

Dana White hints at Conor McGregor's next opponent

Report: Steelers make Brown NFL's highest-paid WR

Report: Chiefs sign Duvernay-Tardif to five-year extension

MLB considering introducing 'stickier' baseballs

Report: Browns have discussed trading No. 12 pick for Garoppolo

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in Major League Baseball

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in MLB

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 20 or more games in a season since 2000

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker