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Jimmy Rollins thinks Cole Hamels will re-sign with Phillies

Mar 8, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was asked Thursday by’s Jim Salisbury where he envisions left-hander Cole Hamels opening the 2013 season:

“He’ll be here,” Rollins replied. “He’s not going anywhere. He was drafted by this organization, raised by this organization and became a superstar in this organization. If you know anything about this organization, that means he’s not going anywhere. It’s fun to talk about for talk radio and stuff like that. But he’s not going anywhere. That’s my opinion.”
It’s exactly the type of thing you’d expect a teammate to say, but Rollins is probably being too optimistic. Hamels has registered a sparkling 2.92 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 405 strikeouts and just 105 walks over the past two seasons and could hit the jackpot in free agency if his ace-like numbers continue in 2012. For him to sign now with Philadelphia, it would take a contract extension worth well over $100 million. And there’s been no indication from general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. that an offer like that is coming. The Dodgers, who will soon have a new, deep-pocketed owner, are likely to be major players in the Hamel sweepstakes if the 28-year-old southpaw indeed reaches the free agent market.
  1. mercyflush - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    “And there’s been no indication from general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. that an offer like that is coming.”

    Yeah but that’s kind of an invalid thing to say, no? There’s also been no indication that an offer like that *isn’t* coming.

    I think its funny you mention that Dodgers and their new deep pocket owners. The Phillies already have deep pockets, and are 2 years away from signing a billion dollar+ tv deal with Comcast. I don’t know if they will sign Hamels or not, but their history of the last 8 years suggests that they will, and if they dont it wont be because they cant afford him, it will be because they choose not to spend that much on him (which is different).

    • timasahh - Mar 9, 2012 at 4:21 AM

      There was also no indication from GM Ruben Amaro on Cliff Lee, or on Roy Halladay, or on Cliff Lee again, or on Hunter Pence. In the second coming of Lee and the Pence situations, Amaro actually said the opposite of what ended up happening. In Lee’s case, Amaro said there were no big movies coming during the off-season, and then went and traded for Pence later that year while the team apparently had “no wiggle room.”

      Basically, you can’t really listen to Amaro’s words, so why listen to his silence? Like Jimmy said, this is just something that’s “fun to talk about for talk radio and stuff like that.” I guess we can put HBT into the stuff-like-that column.

  2. moveablenu - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    I agree that the Phillies will have to pay Cole a lot of money, but I think they’ll do that. Everyone recognizes how important he is.

    I think the Phillies *will* have to pay big money, but that they *will* do it, even if they risk losing Shane Victorino, someone else they’d obviously hate to see go.

  3. smokehouse56 - Mar 9, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    When you have as much talent as the Phillies have you better have deep pockets.

  4. frankenderek - Mar 9, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Shut up you stupid media. Listen to what he’s saying. He’s staying in Philly.

    • paperlions - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM

      Easy there sparky, don’t break the keyboard.

      It’s a story, with opinion. What Hamels wants is a crap load of money, he’d probably prefer that it come from Philly, but he doesn’t seem to care where it comes from.

  5. CliffC - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Jimmy Rollins also said the phillies were going to beat the Yankees so he’s never been wrong.

  6. irishphilly87 - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    no indiciation? maybe thats because RAJ keeps hush hush about everything and then outa nowhere we trade for Doc and outa nowhere we trade for oswalt, then we sign cliff lee when everyone was sniffing around trying to find out where he was gona go. The man is a silent businessman. And if you actually did your reasearch and went down to Clearwater at the Phillies spring training you’d know there’s a buzz in the air around hamels anbd a good vibe knowing that hes going to resign there. No one on either side has to say anything until the press conference. J-roll is right thers no way the Phils are letting him go. How about you go do some more researching and journalism instead of speculating… thats all you “reporters” are now a days

    • CliffC - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      Actually it was Jimmy Rollins speculating and HBT reporting on it. Also, good vibes and buzz don’t sign pitchers, gigantic checks do.

  7. joejaws75 - Mar 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Drew silva. How much time do you spend in philly?

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