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Phillies president confident about retaining Cole Hamels

Feb 12, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

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The Phillies haven’t made much progress this winter toward a long-term extension for Cole Hamels. But team president David Montgomery told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that there’s a sense of confidence something will eventually get done:

“I don’t think it’s difficult,” Montgomery said. “We’ve let Cole know we’re anxious to have him stay here. Cole enjoys it here. He’s not only been a quality pitcher, but he involves himself in the community. It’ll probably come down to what we think is an appropriate length and what they think. You try to minimize risk by not going longer than necessary. And a player is looking for as much security as he can get. It’s an equation that takes time to hopefully get worked out.”

Hamels agreed to a one-year, $15 million contract last month that covers his final season of arbitration eligibility. He is currently scheduled to become a free agent five days after the conclusion of the 2012 World Series and is thought to be seeking a shiny new deal worth more than $100 million.

The 28-year-old southpaw has a 3.39 ERA and 1,091 strikeouts in 1,161 career major league innings.

  1. stevesper88 - Feb 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Ryan Howard should volunteer a few million of his own to help resign Hamels. His contract is a joke at this point.

    • phillyphreak - Feb 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Shhhh. Don’t get it started again!

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 12, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      Umm…his contract hasn’t even started yet…so there’s that….

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    The Phillies NEED Hamels at this point. They arent the loaded offensive team that they once were

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 12, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    AJ is available. When AJ played with the Jays, he said that he learned a lot from Doc. Perhaps if he played on the same team as Halladay again, he might regain some of his form. He would not cost as much as Oswalt as the Yankees would pick up most of his salary.

    • Kevin S. - Feb 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Sure! And since Philly clearly doesn’t have any use for Dom Brown, an arrangement can most certainly be reached…

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      Proudly, you are dangerously close to committing an international incident with that suggestion. No AJ in red pinstripes…EVER.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 13, 2012 at 5:56 AM

        I was teasing the rabid Phillies phans. They had been much too quiet..

      • Utley's Hair - Feb 13, 2012 at 7:43 AM

        It’s February. We’re getting rabid over the Flyers slump and Bryzgalov’s apparent contract to get paid for letting in goals and losing shootouts.

  4. pxeeks - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    … And ’08 World Series MVP. The only one with a ring in the rotation (Blanton you don’t count). He’s the ace and has the hardware to back it up! Sign him.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Feb 13, 2012 at 7:48 AM

      But Blanton has a WS HR….

  5. skeleteeth - Feb 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Hamels will look good in Dodger blue next year…

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      AJ Burnett would look way better.

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