The Philadelphia Phillies plan to offer their pitcher Cole Hamels $130 million over six years, according to a report on Wednesday from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:
The Phillies are sending signals that they are planning to make an initial offer to star lefthanded pitcher Cole Hamels for about $130 million over six years within the next few days.
The team is hoping to reach a decision with Hamels before the end of July; if they can't reach a deal, the team will look to trade him ahead of the July 31 deadline.
Heyman reported that the team is looking to lock-up Hamels with the same kind of contract Matt Cain signed with the San Francisco Giants this year. Cain is making $15 million this year with the Giants and signed a $112.5-million, five-year extension this past spring. As Heyman points out, Hamels could seek more than $130 million because "he's lefthanded and has a higher winning percentage (.594 to Cain's .510)."
The Phillies remain committed to re-signing Hamels, and Heyman reported that although $130 million may be enough to keep him, "the numbers may well go up from there." Among the teams interested in Hamels are the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels and Dodgers.