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Off Night for Hamels Costs Phils

28 Jul

The Phillies came up pretty short in a series that is said to have serious implications for their season.

The series with the Brewers, and their terrible bullpen is over, and once the Braves went up 5-1 it was hard to believe that the Phillies could come back.  The Phils were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position, and left nine on base.

Defensively they committed two costly errors.

The $144 million dollar man didn’t quite have it either.   Cole Hamels threw more balls than strikes when throwing 100 or more pitches for first time in his career.  It was also the shortest outing of the season for Hamels, who only went five innings. Hamels surrounded a career high six walks to the Braves.

“Obviously, I didn’t do my job,” Hamels said. “We’ll find it. We hit some rough patches. With the caliber of players we have, I know we’ll be able to find it. I know it’s a little more urgent to do right now, but I have the confidence all five of us will work hard and get the job done.”

Some were saying that the humidity was having an effect on Cole’s grip.  Hamels didn’t deny it, but said it was no excuse despite having to change his undershirt and jersey, twice.

“It’s not going to be the last time it’s ever going to be humid” Hamels said.

Yep, six homers, in six games. The story of the night might just be Brian McCann, who just KILLS the Philles. McCann is 9 for 25, with six homeruns, and 16 RBI against the Phillies this season.  He’s homered in every game he’s played against the Phillies this season.

This series might just decide if the Phillies are buyers, or sellers for the season.  Ruben Amaro Jr. and several of his front office cronies got to witness the defeat in person, as they are traveling with the team.

“These three games are important, yeah,” Ruben said before the game. “How determinant they are about how we go about our business from here on in, I don’t know yet. Again, it’s kind of a fluid situation. If we get swept here, it’s going to make things very daunting for us. We take two out of three, that’s good. We happen to sweep them, even better.”

Well, the sweep is out, but two of three is still a possibility.

If the Phillies are going to make up any ground in the race to the playoffs, it’s going to have to happen in their division.   The Phils are 11-23 against NL East and 29-22 against the rest of the National League.

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Hamels Signs Six-Year $144 Million Deal

25 Jul

Multiple sources have confirmed that the Phillies will announce that Cole Hamels has agreed in principal to a six-year, $144 million dollar deal.  A deal that will make Hamels the richest player in team history.

Hamels’ deal includes an option for a seventh year,according to MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes. It’s a club option at $20MM or a vesting option at $24MM. The option vests if three conditions are met: Hamels is not on the disabled list with a left shoulder or elbow injury at the end of the 2018 season, and he pitches 200 innings in 2018, and he pitches 400 innings in 2017-2018 combined.

Hamels’ extension will be the second-largest contract ever for a pitcher, trailing only C.C. Sabathia‘s seven-year, $161MM agreement with the Yankees. Hamels obtains the largest extension for any pitcher in history, surpassing Johan Santana‘s $137.5MM deal with the Mets. Hamels obtains the same AAV as teammate Cliff Lee, who signed a five-year, $120MM contract with Philadelphia two offseason ago.

If the club exercises its option, Hamels will earn $158MM over seven years. If the option vests, he’ll earn $162MM over seven years ($1MM more than Sabathia).

This deal keeps Hamels under Phillies control until he’s 34.

In total, the Phillies are committed to $133 million in 2013 payroll for only nine players. That does not include a $5 million team option for catcher Carlos Ruiz which will surely be exercised, and a possible $15 million payment through arbitration for outfielder Hunter Pence.

You have to give it to the Phillies, they have done some crazy things in years past, but their commitment to their fans, and winning are really something special.

Sorry Texas, Hamels is a Phillie.

The Phillies will announce the deal today, during a Noon press conference.

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Latest: Cole Hamels Talks and Trade Rumors

15 Jul

Photo: US Presswire

Here’s the latest chatter on Cole Hamels from around the web:

According to multiple reports the AngelsDodgers, and Rangers had scouts in attendance to watch Cole Hamels’ start against the Rockies this afternoon.  The lefty didn’t disappoint, dealing eight innings of one-run ball at Coors Field.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com tweeted that The Rangers sent Don Welke, the senior special assistant to GM Jon Daniels, to Denver to watch Hamels pitch, and he hinted that Texas wants Hamels bad. Salisbury says that a source told him The Phillies are still “trying like heck” to sign the left-hander.

I hope he’s right.

The Phillies’ offer to Hamels is “expected to be in the ballpark that they know the left-hander will want, this close to free agency,” tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Brian Coulter from PhilaPhans  tweeted “My only guess on the offer to Hamels: 6 years for $150 Million. 7th year is a vesting option at $30M. Buyout at $15M. Final total: 6/$165M.” 

I think he’s pretty spot on.

Here’s the rest of the chatter courtesy of MLBTraderumors.com -

  • The Dodgers and Phillies have had discussions about Hamels, but the Phillies aren’t thrilled with the players they would receive in return, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. The Dodgers could become more aggressive in their pursuit with news that Chad Billingsley is suffering from elbow issues.
  • The Phillies have a scout attending the Angels-Yankees game fueling speculation the Halos could be in on Hamels, writes Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Heyman lists 10 teams that could be interested in Hamels, as well as the Brewers‘ Zack Greinke.
  • In the same piece, Heyman quotes one official who says there’s a 30% chance the Phillies sign Hamels to a long-term extension.
  • Outside executives believe the Phillies will work feverishly to extend Hamels rather than trade him, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman provides three reasons for such a theory, including that it’s harder than ever to land a commensurate package for a star in his walk year given the rule changes in the new collective bargaining agreement.

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Cole Hamels Opens Up On Trade and Free Agency

8 Jul

This is the best look into the Cole Hamels contract situation so far… It’s a must read.

Great, great stuf from CSNPhilly’s Leslie Gudel.

Does Cole Hamels want to remain a Phillie after this season? After spending 20 minutes with the All-Star lefty on Sunday morning, I would say the answer is yes. Of course, it’s not that simple. Arriving at a new contract suitable to both parties will be a challenge. 

And then there is the lure of more money or years from another team — a team like the Dodgers, for example. We got into that and more during our conversation:

Read the rest here! 



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Hamels on the Block?

2 Jul

Could Cole Hamels really be on the block?

The Phillies are apparently making calls to gauge trade interest in All-Star pitcher Cole Hamels, according to CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.

Ken Rosenthal, of Fox Sports reports a similar finding.  He said on his Twitter account: “Can confirm that #Phillies are calling teams on Hamels, asking for massive haul.”

That massive haul is said to be 4-5 prospects.  High A types. However, the Phillies will make at least one more attempt to sign Cole Hamels to a long-term contract before the team fully commits to dealing the left-hander, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.com.  Many have speculated that the Hamels camp is looking for a 7-year deal, and the Phillies would like to stay around 5.  Hamels’ deal will likely be a record number, and deservedly so. He was drafted in the first round (17th overall) of the 2002 draft., and took the Phillies to two World Series, winning one of them in 2008 as the MVP.

I can’t say I’m surprised, just saddened.

Hamels, 27, will become a free agent after this season. He is 10-4 this season with a 3.08 earned run average.

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Ruiz, Hamels and Papelbon – All-Stars!

2 Jul

Phillies Cole HamelsJonathan Papelbon and Carlos Ruiz will suit up for the National League in this year’s All-Star Game, to be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Carlos Ruiz, elected as a reserve at catcher, is a first-time All-Star and is currently leading the NL in batting average (.358). Hamels (10-4, 3.08 ERA) is going to his third All-Star Game and Papelbon (18 saves) his fifth.

I feel it’s a travesty that our fans couldn’t get Chooch into the game as the starter.  If we had spent a little less time complaining and instead of voting, Chooch would have been behind the dish to start the game.

I’m just glad he’s going, as he really deserved it.

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Would the Phillies Really Trade Cole Hamels?

17 Jun

Geez.  I don’t know what to think  here anymore.

The Phillies, barring some amazing comeback may have some decisions to make come July 31st. I’m sure that teams may have interest in guys like Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, Jim Thome, Cliff Lee, and of course Cole Hamels.

What you woud get from these guys, differs in each case.

I think out of all these guys the Phillies have the most interest in retaining Cole Hamels, but it’s going to be a bit tough.  Cole would like to be (and deserves) to be paid like one of the premire pitchers in the game.  He’s done a lot for this team, and community, and deserves everything that’s coming to him.

What the Phillies have going for them in the negotiation is that Hamels likes Philadelphia.  He’s rooted in the community, with all his charitable work, and he has grown up in the Phillies organization.

We know now that it’s gonna take 7 years, and probably $130MM+.  Yes, I think that the Phillies will listen to some offers, but unless they are absolutely blown away with an offer, I think they would turn it down.

I still feel that the Phillies find a way to get it done.

Who would I consider for a trade?

I’d dangle Victorino and Lee.

Shane is having an average season, and if we’re not in contention in the last two months, I’d say let’s see what people have to offer.

I’d say the same with Cliff Lee.  The honeymoon is over with Philly and Cliff Lee.  He’s been nothing more then an average pitcher, besides those two months last summer, and blew Game 2 of the NLDS in 2012.  He’s eating up far too much money for the Phillies to hold on to him if that’s all he’s gonna give.  Considering the years on his contract with the Phillies he would be attractive to a team with a lot of $$ that doesn’t want to commit to the years.

Hunter Pence is driving me nuts this season, but I think he’s our best bet for protecting Ryan Howard in the future.

I don’t know weither it’s worth trading Thome, because I don’t think any team is going to give you something for him.  However, if the Phillies are out of it at the end of July, I’d like to see the Phillies give Jim the option of moving to a contender (if they want him) so he can have the opportunity for a ring.

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Cole Made a Funny

24 Feb

Ok this was hilarious…

Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels ruled out the possibility of signing in his hometown of San Diego, asking Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com “why would I want to go where fans only support you from the third inning through the sixth?” (Twitter link). Hamels will hit free agency after the season if the Phillies don’t sign him to an extension.



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Phillies Weekly Report

12 Jul

Here’s a look at my column I write for PhilaPhans.com.

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The Phillies Weekly Report

By The Phanatic Addict

It was another 4-2 week for the Phillies. Two more series wins. One against theMarlins, and one against the hotAtlanta Braves. The series win over the Braves sure felt good with them right on the Phillies tail, and the 14-1 pounding we handed them made it that much better. .666 Baseball is nothing to be sorry about.

I do worry a little about the Phillies second half schedule. They played plenty of teams with losing records in the first half, and a lot of their second half games are on the road. The Phillies are 34-15 (.693) at home, but just 23-19 (.547) away from Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies have recently been known as a second half club, but it would be nice not to have to

The Offense – The Phillies offense showed up for five out of their six games this week. I can’t explain what happened on Saturday, but we do have to give a little bit of credit to Tommy Hanson, who pitched well. Cliff Lee managed to hit a homer off him, why didn’t anyone else? A head scratcher indeed.

As much as I see everyone complaining about how bad this offense is, the Phillies scored 39 runs this week. Yes, 28 of them came in two games but we scored these runs off of some pretty good pitchers.

The biggest blow to the team was losing Shane Victorino after it appeared tat he would be coming back pretty quick. Shane should return as soon as he is eligible when the Phillies face the Cubs next week.

Starting Pitching – Heading into the All-Star break things are looking really good. Sure, We’d like to have Oswalt up and pitching well, but the guys that are here are pitching like studs. The Phillies have three of their starters heading to the All-Star game in Arizona. It is the first time in the last 25 years that a team has had three pitchers with more then 9 wins, and ERA’s below 3.00 at the break.

I’m sure that Cole Hamels enjoyed the 28 runs of support that he got this week. It’s probably more then he got in 2010.

The Pen – I’m excited to see that Ryan Madson is closer to making his return. Antonio Bastardo has been just brilliant in his turn as the closer for the Phillies, but the possibility that Madson could be back next weekend is really big for the bullpen.

Brad Lidge has had some rehab appearances this week in his road back, and all have been rather positive. I’ll take a healthy Lidge over Andrew Carpenter any day.

Two straight scoreless appearances for Juan Perez have earned him the right to hang around a little longer in my book. He’s made the Braves hitters look just silly on Friday night, and you can never have enough lefties in your pen.

The Bench – This bench seems to become more important to the success of the Phillies every single game. With Shane Victorino, and Placido Polanco on the shelf the bench players have stepped onto the field and have almost flawlessly filled in.

Michael Martinez turned in seven hits in his last five games. Not to mention four runs, four RBI and a couple of really great catches. John Mayberry Jr. has also been really great in his last few starts. Six hits, Seven RBI, and three runs score. His three doubles on Sunday are proof that he may just have the tools to be considered for a starting job, if not at least as a platoon player in 2012.

Managers- I’d say that my only surprise of the week from the managers would be their decision to pull Kyle Kendrick out of a game that he was winning after just five innings. They turned the ball over to the bullpen and the game was over. The Phillies committed three errors in this game which cost them, and Kyle was the scapegoat.

After a 14 run game, you want to get right back out on the field and keep playing, but let’s be real. This team needs some rest. With the injured players we have sitting, and Chase Utley’s knee problems I think that a four day rest is just fine and dandy.

Again, the Phillies ended this week with two more series victories, and you can’t ask for too much more then that.

On a personal note, I’ve kept this a little shorter then usual, but with a wild work week, and a new addition to our family, I’m pretty spent. Congratulations to my sister and her husband on the birth of their new daughter. Welcome to the family Erin.

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Your Phillies All-Stars

12 Jul

Gotta love this picture of your Phillies All-Stars (minus Polanco).

As you all know now Roy Halladay is starting tonight for the National League against the Angels Jered Weaver.

I have to say that I’m kinda shocked that Bruce Bochy picked Halladay after the Phillies made all those statements saying that they would prefer that he didn’t pitch.  You would have figured that Bochy would have opted for Jiar Jurrjens with his 12-3 record, and a1.87ERA but he stuck with Halladay.

“I couldn’t have a better guy to start the All-Star Game for us,” Bochy said.  “You talk about the elite pitchers in the game an you look at his numbers this year, it’s obvious he’s deserving.”

I hope Tim Lincecum reads between the lines on that one.

“Doc is one of the best pitchers of our generation, and you’ve got to have a lot of confidence in him,” said Cole Hamels. “I get to see him every five days. A lot of people don’t. With the work ethic that he has, he puts a lot of confidence in the team. So to have him start, he’s going to do what he does best, and I think that’s going to put us in a really good position to win. Because this game means something, you want that.”

Hamels may just be the first person I have seen say that the game means something.

Cole Hamels will get to just sit back and watch as he pitched on Sunday and is therefore ineligible to play in the game.  No argument here.  Hamels is having a fantastic season, and is arguably the Phillies best pitcher, if not the best pitcher in the National League.

Enjoy the game tonight!


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