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Long-term deal unlikely with Hamels

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08:21 AM ET 01.11 | Philadelphia's rotation is an expensive one, and Cole Hamels is nearing a Jered Weaver-like payday. The Phillies have long been a club that likes to lock up young, core players and keep them off the free-agent market. At 28, [Hamels] fits that description. In fact, Phillies officials have commented that they'd like to keep the left-hander in red pinstripes for years to come. But it does not appear as if Hamels, who will be eligible for free agency after the 2012 season, will get a long-term contract extension this winter. "We've had discussions with Cole," assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said during an appearance on Comcast SportsNet's Phillies Hot Stove on Tuesday night. "Right now, we're focused on a one-year deal."

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January 11, 2012  08:47 AM ET

As long as they focus on a " one year deal," then there is nothing to talk about and he is out of there next year. He a Cain are up for big paydays.

January 11, 2012  08:52 AM ET

If your that close to free agency, you would be stupid not to test the market. This guy is gonna be in high demand next winter. The Yankees are waiting and saving their money.

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January 11, 2012  10:48 AM ET
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Maybe he likes pitching in Philly? Would be nice to see some more loyalty out of the players - However; I do not bemoan him looking for more.......

Except the backbone of their staff is two guys who had no desire to stay with the teams they started with and that is how they ended up in Philly.
He will play it out, he should, unless they come up with Lee like numbers for him too.

January 11, 2012  11:27 AM ET

Don't forget Hamels has a ring. The hunger for a title has been replaced by a hunger for money. Worked for Jason Werth, didn't for Ryan Madson. We'll see if either come close to another ring someday. I suspect they don't really care. Halladay and Lee can taste the chance at a title so they took equal, or slightly less, money to come to Philly. Hamels will strike the most lucrative deal he can, wherever he can. Good for him. Now is the time the Phillies wish they had some minor league position players ready to play and produce in the bigs. If they hadn't screwed up Brown, signing Hamels would be much easier. I hope they don't regret letting him go. Then again, he isn't gone yet!

January 11, 2012  11:28 AM ET
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As long as they focus on a " one year deal," then there is nothing to talk about and he is out of there next year. He a Cain are up for big paydays.

right on the money!

I'm certain there will be takers for his services and we know the yanks will overpay for quality starting pitching

January 11, 2012  11:50 AM ET

Hamels has to go for the money and a long term deal. He has a bad back. At age 32 he will be like Roy Oswalt and have 15 - 20 starts a year max. Make it while you can. I just hope the Phillies buy the next 5 years of him because he will be dominant and carry the team when Halladay and Lee begin their inevitable annual trips to the DL. No one ever defeated Father Time

January 11, 2012  12:10 PM ET

who cares....?

January 11, 2012  12:11 PM ET
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If your that close to free agency, you would be stupid not to test the market. This guy is gonna be in high demand next winter. The Yankees are waiting and saving their money.

He'd be welcome here too.

January 11, 2012  12:12 PM ET
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who cares....?

Phillies fans. There are actually other teams out there besides the one you follow.

January 11, 2012  12:33 PM ET

the phillies are mocking hammels right? i mean they have to be just playing, now how in the world they dare to offend this elite player?, when a team acts in this way it shows that they aren't too happy with this player's performs at the mound, the phillies are opening the doors to a teams like red sox and yankees to get him, if i was the phillies GM i would trade hammels for a top quality prospects right now and close the case!!

January 11, 2012  12:34 PM ET

the player deserves better luck, but it shows that the phillies organization aren't too content with this pitcher at all!!

January 11, 2012  12:38 PM ET
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Hamels has to go for the money and a long term deal. He has a bad back. At age 32 he will be like Roy Oswalt and have 15 - 20 starts a year max. Make it while you can. I just hope the Phillies buy the next 5 years of him because he will be dominant and carry the team when Halladay and Lee begin their inevitable annual trips to the DL. No one ever defeated Father Time

Randy Johnson was sidelined throughout much of the 1996 season with a back injury. He went on to win four more Cy Young awards and pitch until he was 46 years old. And his body and pitching style certainly lent itself more to breaking down than Hamels'. Not really all that concerned with Cole's back.

January 11, 2012  12:38 PM ET

hammels would like to get a deal like weaver? i mean he its talking about 85.5 millions per 5 years deal, would the phillies give him that type of a contract? if they know how to say thank you top hammels the they will, but if they don't know how to show respect for this pitcher, its dobtfull that hammels get it his way!!

January 11, 2012  12:44 PM ET
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he is out of there next year.

the smart move its, trade him now get as much as you can, and take advantage now that you have him in your roster, you should be wise and don't make any negleted move that at the end would comeback and bite you!!

January 11, 2012  12:47 PM ET
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the Phillies

the phillies are well aware that they wouldn't sign hammels to a long term, why waste time? why lie to themselves? why act negative? go straight for the kill and trade the pitcher, there its no need to think that you will sign him when you allready know that's impossible for the franchise to achieve!!

January 11, 2012  12:50 PM ET

hammels should be traded!!

January 11, 2012  01:04 PM ET

A 28/29 year old proven quality lefty in the current free agent market? Barring injury,the sky's the limit. Philly will make room for him somehow!

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