Report: Phillies Ready To Make A “Substantial Offer” To Cole HamelsBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Friday, July 13th, 2012
Within the next couple of weeks, we may have the answer to whether or not Cole Hamels will be a member of the Phillies after the 2012 season. Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that the Philadelphia front office is preparing a substantial contract offer for the impending free agent.
This sounds like the team’s last ditch effort to get their young star to commit long-term. To have any chance of getting Hamels to agree to an extension now, the team is going to have to offer an average salary of at least $25 million per year, and the contract will need to be more than five years in length. If the ace doesn’t agree to the team’s offer, the Phillies may feel much more inclined to trade him before the July 31st deadline.
It’s difficult for me to imagine Hamels signing an extension at this point in the season, unless he truly has desires to be in Philadelphia for the long-term. Many players have dreams about the day they get to test free agency in their prime, and Hamels would be just mere months away from hitting the open market and seeing just how much he’s worth to other teams.
If you were Cole Hamels, would you sign an extension now when you’re so close to free agency?
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