I. Wish Granted:
Just yesterday I posted, "I hold out hope that Hamels can be secured with a longterm deal". Hope no more, because contrary to what the Rolling Stones sang, I can always get what I want. Cole agreed to a 3 year $20.5M deal, buying out his first 3 years of arbitration, leaving only 2012 up in the air. This is a good move for both the organization and the young lefthanded ace. In 3 seasons he's put a 38-23 record, 543 ip, 518 k, 3.43 era, and 1.14 whip.
II. Wrist Tat Good-Bye?
MLB Trade Rumors has a post on Brett Myers and his rather large final year of his contract. Mr. Wrist Tat is set to make $12M in '09 and was a candidate to be traded if the Phils became serious suitors for Derek Lowe. Lowe went way of Atlanta, but the post still suggests that Myers may not fit into the payroll depending on Ryan Howard's mammoth-sized arbitration deal. It's doubtful Amaro boots Brett, but stranger things have happened (like So Taguchi signing with the Cubs).
III. Good Day in PA?
3 PM (FOX)- Philadelphia Eagles vs. Arizona Cardinals
6:30 (CBS)- Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
Could we see an all PA Super Sunday?
IV. Happy Birthday!
Happy 37th birthday to one of the best backstops in Phillies history, Mike Lieberthal. 1st round draft pick (3rd overall) by the Phils back in 1990, that went on to catch 1170 games, pop 150 homeruns, post an OPS of .783, collect a Gold Glove, and be an All-Star twice.