Hamels Not Thinking About Contract Extension

The moment Jered Weaver agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract extension with the Angels, the Phillies must have wondered how it would impact their future negotiations with Cole Hamels.

Weaver was eligible to become a free agent following the 2012 season, just like Hamels is. Weaver is 78-45 with a 3.30 ERA in 170 career starts. Hamels is 73-52 with a 3.39 ERA in 174 starts. Weaver averages 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings, while Hamels averages 8.5. Weaver has a 3.19 strikeout-to-walk ratio, while Hamels’ is 3.72.

Statistically, they are incredibly similar.

But Hamels swore Weaver’s deal barely registered on his radar.

“I just want to play,” he said this afternoon. “That’s why I have an agent. He’ll take care of the rest. If I go out and play and I’m comfortable, good things will happen. That’s all I can affect. It’s a situation where it’s your choice and when the time comes people make choices. I think I’m more focused on trying to win a World Series right now with these guys. That’s been the only thing on my mind this year.”

Asked if prefers to stay in Philadelphia, he said, “I don’t know any better. I’ve had great memories here. That’s the thing. This team wants to win. This organization wants to win. I want to win. I think it’s a perfect fit.”

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5 Comments

If they can get Hamels at that price for five years, it would be a steal in today’s market. They can’t let him become a free agent or all bets are off.

What a great attitude. Sure, he wants to be paid appropriately, and sometimes that means a ton of money. But Cole sounds like he’s able to keep the financial side of sports separate from what happens on the field. Desean Jackson seems to be taking the same attitude with the Eagles.

Pay the man.

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All bets are off if this goes to arbitration in the offseason. Would he feel disrespected if there is no contract offer and it actually gets to FA? I would imagine he would so it bears watching to see if the team is willing to keep him which I believe they should but they might not.

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