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The recruitment of Cole Hamels has already started

Jul 10, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

Cole Hamels AP

All-Star Cole Hamels has more best friends that he knows what to do with. While opposing teams can’t talk to the free-agent-to-be, players on other teams are under no such restrictions.

“All I say to them is that I’ve been to every city, and I know what every city is like,” Hamels told Danny Knobler of CBS Sports on Tuesday.

Incidentally, Hamels has his locker stationed next to Clayton Kershaw‘s in the Kansas City visitors clubhouse.  Flush with cash, the Dodgers seem pretty likely to be the high bidder for Hamels this winter, assuming that the Phillies can’t sign him to an extension before then.

I would love to have him there,” Kershaw told Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times. “Our whole team would love to have a guy of his caliber. I hope we make a run at him.”

Hamels made it sound like testing free agency is the likely scenario.

“Anybody that wants to win, they’ve got a fair shot,” he said.

  1. eaglesfan723 - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    If the phillies fail to sign him long term I will officially despise everyone in the front office. Right now hes the youngest, best player we have. Not signing him would make 0 sense.

    • js20011041 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:09 PM

      Signing him doesn’t make sense. Why give him $100 plus million to pitch for a rebuilding team. By the time the Phillies are competing again, he’ll be at least 33 or 34. Trade him before the deadline and turn him into some key pieces to the next Phillies contender. I know rebuilding sucks, but the Phillies need to face reality. Just putting off the inevitable will only lead to a much longer period of suffering.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:13 AM

        They’re a rebuilding team???

        You need to “face reality” that a team with the 2nd highest payroll won’t need 5 or 6 years to rebuild, or for that matter go into any rebuilding phase at all. Just because they have 1 bad year doesn’t mean they’ll be bad for several years, much to your disappointment.

    • Eberwizzle - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      Dude shut up….I’m still not over getting Travis Lee for Schilling!

      • delawarephilliesfan - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:13 AM

        Schilling? Please…..he had become a major malcontent by that point – ship him off.

        And don’t forget, they also got Omar Daal, Nelson Figueroa and Vicente Padilla in that trade -the latter made the 2002 All Star team. Plus freed up cash to sign Thome 2 years later, which effectively started the process of turning the club around.

        And just think, when Schilling goes to jail, that trade means they won’t refer to him as “Former Phillie Curt Schilling”.

    • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Be ready to then despise everyone in the front office, although that wouldn’t be right. See, a couple years back (I think it was 07′) Hamels went to arbitration with the Phillies and when all was said and done spoke out afterwards saying that he felt like it was a low blow from the organization. To the people making the calls back then, yes, they deserve to be despised for not giving him what he deserved, or at least working with him on a deal rather than letting it get to the point or arbitration. Now you have a fairly good front office that CAN”T sign him to an extension because he wants to go out and test free agency. My guess would be that he’d be more inclined to make a deal with the Phillies had they shown him more respect back then. If they could’ve singed him to an new deal, they would’ve already. fact is they can’t and therefore won’t, so you might as well say goodbye to him now cause he’s as good as gone once the season’s over if he’s not traded by then. As a Phillies fan it sucks, but don’t blame RAJ for the mistakes of those before him.

  2. pinkfloydprism - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    I do not know how they can sign him if they sell off some of the team this year. He won’t stay if they do, will he?

  3. phillyfanmatt - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    According to Leslie Gudel cole has already said even if he should get traded, which he understands is a business decision he would still give the phillies the first shot at signing him in free agency. Sounds like he wants to stay here folks.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:45 PM

      Not a better shot, an equal shot.

      If Hamels gets traded and becomes a FA, say Dodgers and Phillies, he’s not going to have a grudge against the Phils and choose the Dodgers. He will choose whom ever gives him the extra year.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:59 AM

        He said he will give the Phillies the first and last shot. So they’d just have to match the best offer.

  4. paperlions - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    If Hammels is most concerned with winning, I’m not sure he would re-sign with Philly. They are an old and expensive team, without any young offensive talent close to the majors. Does Philly have the cash to sign offensive FAs and the roster spots for them? Are such FAs even going to be available in the next year or 2?

    If Hammels means “who ever offers the most money” when he says “anybody who wants to win”, he could re-sign with Philly…but if his goal is to balance $$ with winning…he should have more attractive options.

  5. greenkeeper15 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    ahhh please blanton off books victorino off books and polanco off books plenty of money.

    free agent talent
    I dont know how about Josh Hamilton to play left and Micheal Bourne to play center.

    • paperlions - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM

      Hamilton OR Hammels will cost more than those 3 guys combined. Some guys will be getting raises for next year. If they sign Hamels, they’ll need to replace their CF, a pitcher, and their 3B and will already have a payroll similar to this years.

  6. ndnut - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    If a team trades a player and signs him next off season, there are penalties against the team. Learned that when Cuddyer trade talk happened last year.

  7. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    As a Phils fan, I’m praying Hamels sticks around til the very end.

    …but damnnn, the prospect of Hamels and Kershaw in the same rotation sounds like the scariest 1-2 southpaw punch in the business….a pair of lefty haymakers even.

  8. stan97 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    I can’t believe ppl still continue to spell Hamels name ‘Hammels’ even when it’s right in the title of the article.

    It’s one M, ppl, one M.

    I know it’s a nitpick, but still…

    • paperlions - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:44 AM

      It is probably because proper pronunciation of Hamels is “HAY-muls”, “Ham-muls” is spelled with 2 Ms.

      • paperlions - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        People realize that there are actually rules to spelling and pronunciation, right? Contrary to popular belief, you don’t get to spell or pronounce things however you want (or use words to mean whatever you’d like them to mean).

  9. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    There are way too many goobers on these sites worrying about a misspelled word or spotty grammar.

    IT ISN’T IMPORTANT OR APPRECIATED TO DWELL ON PETTY SH*T

    • nolanwiffle - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      Your rant would have been aided by an exclamation point (or two) after “SH*T”.

  10. smushrodriguez - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    js20011041: your argument for trading Hamels seems like more of an argument to trade Lee / Halladay. You can rebuild in less than 5 years. It makes sense to trade the guys who are older now and keep Hamels to continue to be the staff ace. Even if you need to salary dump Lee or Halladay so that you free up money for Cole and then take a run at a free agent in the off season.

  11. funkygoorilla - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    I think its great that the team Cliff Lee signed with is now considered re-building. Wasn’t it just last year that this team was the greatest thing since the birth of Christ?

  12. greenkeeper15 - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Really guys lets look at this. First of all 2013 tv contract will come into play they will reap millions, second alot of old money off books, place sold out every night and they have to keep hamels to keep fan base happy. This is not the phillies of old who wade said were a small market team.

    Sounds alot like the same chatter I heard before with Howard no way they are going to resign him.
    Money is there its up to Ruben to figure out how to spend it

    This year any team who has the injuries they had are going to struggle it happens, so enjoy now and fightins will be around sooner then later.

  13. savior72 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    He will most likely become a cardinal next year. It’s an obvious choice should they make an offer. Sorry LA.

  14. BG-BG-BG-BG! - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    While I understand that cash is king, I think that people may be forgetting one important thing, Cole Hamel’s grew up a die hard Padres fan. The Padres and Dodgers have a long standing rivalry. While the Padres haven’t been good in a long time it is still a very heated rivalry. Hamel’s going to the Dodgers would be like a slap in the face to his home team and like sleeping with the enemy. Time passes and cash is king but keep this in mind when using a loose term about a So Cal kid returning home because while it’s only a 2 hour drive, all those things mentioned above are relevant.

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