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Hamels' era nearing end in Philly?

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08:18 AM ET 12.20 | Up and down the Philadelphia lineup are pricey veterans, a point made that much more obvious with the singing of Jimmy Rollins. The funny thing, for the Phillies, is that their youngest established star is starter Cole Hamels, who turns 28 next week. Hamels can be a free agent after the 2012 season, and with another strong year, he could probably command an annual salary of $20 million on the open market. This is a major problem for the Phillies. ... They agreed to pay Roy Halladay $20 million per year through 2013 (with a $20 million option Halladay could earn for 2014) and Cliff Lee $24 million per year through 2015. Could they really add a third $20 million salary to the rotation? It's hard to see how.

The New York Times

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December 20, 2011  08:40 AM ET

pure speculation by the Times ... lol

December 20, 2011  08:44 AM ET

That's one of the problems with paying those kinds of saleries.

December 20, 2011  08:54 AM ET

Why not? Pitching is the cornerstone of any wiining team. The removal (mostly) of PEDS makes this moreso. The Phillies got Halladay at a discount. If Hamels puts up another stud like year I'd be shocked if the Phillies weren't rite there.

December 20, 2011  09:02 AM ET

$20 million a year seems a bit of a stretch ... how many Cy Young's has this guy won???

December 20, 2011  09:12 AM ET
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$20 million a year seems a bit of a stretch ... how many Cy Young's has this guy won???

Bartolo Colon has won a Cy Young, maybe they should sign him instead.

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December 20, 2011  09:28 AM ET

That's a lot of Tasty Cakes!!!

December 20, 2011  09:30 AM ET
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$20 million a year seems a bit of a stretch ... how many Cy Young's has this guy won???

CJ wilson gets 18 and then 20 million the last years of that 77 million, 5 year, contract he signed.
I have seen Wilson pitch, and he is no Hamels.

December 20, 2011  09:31 AM ET

There will be some major money spent next year in FA.

December 20, 2011  09:36 AM ET
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CJ wilson gets 18 and then 20 million the last years of that 77 million, 5 year, contract he signed. I have seen Wilson pitch, and he is no Hamels.

Hamels post season record is more established than CJ's as well.

December 20, 2011  09:46 AM ET
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Hamels post season record is more established than CJ's as well.

He would have been THE FA if he was in this years pitching group.
I would be surprised if he did not test the market next year. And really surprised if he does not move to another club.

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December 20, 2011  10:15 AM ET
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He would have been THE FA if he was in this years pitching group. I would be surprised if he did not test the market next year. And really surprised if he does not move to another club.

Ditto on that.

December 20, 2011  10:17 AM ET

What's Jimmy Rollins "singing" got to do with Hamels?

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December 20, 2011  10:26 AM ET

Let's not forget Howard. Can they afford 90 million per year on 4 players with several more earning in the teens? When will Philly eclipse the Yankees payroll?

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