Just passed along on Twitter by Howard Eskin of NBC-10/Philadelphia was news of impending free-agent Cole Hamels looking for a seven-year deal in this upcoming off-season. This coming from the mouth of Hamels’s agent John Boggs.
John was able to pry-out a seven-year deal for Gonzalez with the Boston Red Sox worth $154 million. He then fetched a $30 million deal for four years for Cahill from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
A seven-year deal would take Hamels to age 35.
This season he is 5-1 with a 2.28 ERA in seven starts. He has allowed three home runs, and posts a 5.44 K/BB ratio this season, a career-high thus far.
The Phillies are not likely to tender such a lengthy contract to Hamels, who is a native of San Diego, and may instead elect to play in Los Angeles next season.
Rather than lose him for nothing, speculation has arisen that he could be moved in a trade sometime in July. Recently the Blue Jays inquired with the Phillies surrounding a package involving Hamels and Shane Victorino.