In news that makes me wonder whether the Phillies actually own a calendar or a dictionary with the word “deadline” in it, the negotiations for a contract extension with Cole Hamels are still ongoing. The left-handed wonderboy has a number north of $100m predicted, but the lack of an actual agreement as yet means that the Phillies aren’t able to progress with anything else at present (multitasking? No?).
Sources indicate that the two parties are “working hard to try and get a solution”. So what’s taking so long? There are “still issues remaining.” What issues it isn’t entirely clear, but if you’re waiting for the cheque to drop for Hamels, it might be worth going for a nap or shuffling off to OnlinePoker.com for a while, as this deal doesn’t seem to be going anywhere fast.
Given that the 4pm deadline went by on Tuesday, it’s probably safe to say the man is staying with the Phillies and won’t be traded out, but given that other teams were eager to acquire him, it may still have Phillies fans sitting on the edge of their seats, wondering if he’ll turn up or mosey over to a team like the keen Texas Rangers.
The MVP of 2008′s World Series, he’s definitely an asset to whichever team ends up landing him, given his 85-88 with a 3.23 ERA over the course of his seven-year career. Definitely one of the best pitchers in baseball right now, and a major asset for the Phillies if they do decide to set their eyes on bigger prizes.
The deal – again, over $100m, but likely to actually trump $137.5m in the second largest deal ever for a staring pitcher – is a big one, and once Hamels is safe and sound with the Phillies for a while longer, everyone can breathe easy.