News broke on Monday via a tweet from Philadelphia’s Howard Eskin, that left-handed pitching ace Cole Hamels has told the Philadelphia Phillies he wants a seven-year deal.
He was also reported to have told the Phils’ front office that if he does not receive a long-term contract, he will probably seek one elsewhere.
And he’ll probably get it too, as the 28-year-old future free agent has registered a shining 2.28 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 49/9 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings this season.
This off a year that earned Hamels Cy Young Award votes in 2011 after posting a 2.79 ERA and 194/44 K/BB ratio in 216 frames.
But will Philadelphia call Hamels’ bluff, and begin laying the groundwork for a possible swap of the veteran in exchange for a more needed bat? Maybe the Red Sox Kevin Youkilis?
Philadelphia already has the bullpen pedigree and veteran leadership of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Vance Worley, Joe Blanton and Jonathan Papelbon. So Hamels could be a pawn to get what they need. More offense for their currently sinking ship.
We’ll probably have to wait and see until Chase Utley and Ryan Howard return. If the offensive production continues to sputter, and ff they’re still 10 games back in July, then maybe it will be time to hit the panic button.