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Arbitration process set to heat up for Phils

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08:21 AM ET 01.16 | After dealing Ben Francisco and signing Kyle Kendrick, Philadelphia has three arbitration-eligible players on the roster: pitcher Cole Hamels, outfielder Hunter Pence and Wilson Valdez. All three players are eligible to have their 2012 salaries decided by an independent panel during a hearing in the first two weeks of February. Phillies officials always try hard to avoid hearings and the hunch here is they will reach agreements with all three players without a trip to the arbitrator's table, but a truer read on the situation will come Tuesday when the two sides exchange figures and we get to see how far apart everyone is. In a hearing, a panel of arbitrators would pick one figure or the other.

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January 16, 2012  09:13 AM ET

It's Tasty Cake Time!!!

January 16, 2012  12:52 PM ET

....my sources say the rangers are working on a deal for both hamels and pence......

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January 16, 2012  02:37 PM ET
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The Phillies need to get Hamels signed to an extension. He is the real deal, and is benefitting from being around Lee and Halladay. They will regret it if they don't get him signed.

this phillies have stated that they wouldn't give hammels a long term deal, but that they may be willing to give him one year deal worthed 12 millions? now what in the world its wrong with this franchise? i mean this pitcher its one of the top elite players in the phillies organization!!!

January 16, 2012  02:58 PM ET

are the phillies insane?? why would they refuse to sign hammels to a long term deal??

January 17, 2012  09:32 AM ET

Valdez played well for Rollins when he was hurt. He played well for Utley when he was out last year. He played better than planco at third base for a good number of games. I don't think that versatility comes around very often.

 
January 18, 2012  01:22 PM ET

Hamels is asking for $20M+ per year in a long term contract. This would put the Phils over the luxury tax threshold for 2012 which they are intent on not allowing to happen. Hence the reason that the team chose to go the arbitration route for one more year. They will make him a long-term offer during the season or next offseason. I agree they need to ink him. However, my sense is that Hamels has a giant ego and I am concerned he will price himself out of Philadelphia. He deserves ace money but not a record-breaking contract.

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