Hamels Locked In?
Several media outlets are reporting that Hamels has signed, or is very close to signing a six-year deal with the Phillies. The reports are conflicting about the value of the deal, but it could be up to $24 million a year. That is actually the amount Jim Salisbury of CSN.com argued the Phillies should offer as their last, best deal. It may have been considering how close the trade deadline is. As I have said numerous times before, the Phillies need to make a trade or two to strengthen the team for next year. Since it looks like Hamels is staying that will have to be someone else. I get the feeling they won’t trade Lee as they want to make another strong run next year. However, they can’t get a quality third baseman (which they will need) through free agency, so a trade will be needed. I also wonder if this Hamels deal will force the Phillies to pay the luxury tax next year. It seems anathema to the Phillies, but that is the price of keeping up with the Yankees.