Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Locked Up: Cole Hamels
He signed! Now breathe a collective sigh of relief, because Ol' Girl Parts is a Phillie for the next 6 or 7 seasons. 6 years $144M to be exact with a vesting option that could push it to 7 years.
Honestly, I'm glad he's signed. However, that is a ton of money locked up in not many players heading into the 2013 season (Halladay, Lee, Howard, Utley, Kendrick, Papelbon, Pence, Ruiz, Rollins, Nix, and now Hamels will account for roughly $150M). If the Phillies intend on remaining below the luxury tax ($178M), they're going to have to get very creative with salaries/signings if they want to contend. Or you could trade Cliff Lee to fill some roster holes and give some salary relief. Hmm...how'd that work out before? Whatever, let's just be happy Hamels is staying with us and worry about how Amaro will eff it up later.