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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are planning to offer “at least $120 million” to Cole Hamels. In other words, NOT NEARLY ENOUGH (!!!): [CBS Sports]
An offer of $120 million over five years, which was the very deal Cliff Lee signed with the Phillies, was said by one person with Phillies ties to be their logical offer, though two management people on other teams said they believed they may have to go to something closer to Johan Santana's $137.5-million, six-year deal, or even more, to have a realistic chance at a quick deal.
The Cole Hamels Millions Meter, of course, is set significantly higher, at $149 million. Heyman notes that, since the spring, his sources have predicted Hamels could get upwards of $150 million, or more.
The high-end of the Phillies offer range (six years, $137.5 million) would probably be enough to keep Cole in Philly. I get the sense that he really wants to stay here and a hometown discount would come in around $10 million. But at the low end – five years, $120 million – Hamels would probably tell the Phils whateverrrr or to talk to the hand, or something similarly Cole Hamels-weird.
Five years, $120 million certainly isn’t a token, Jayson Werth offer. It’s how much Lee got. But this is a year and a half later. The market is different. Cole Hamels is left-handed. 28. Homegrown. A World Series MVP. Lover of children. Again and again and again guy. Fuck, I just threw up.
Offensively low offer report. +5 million. CHMM: $154 million.