Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Forgetting that the Phillies are already paying 20+ million to two other pitchers, this is a great deal for both Hamels, who gets market value, and the team, who gets a great pitcher locked up for his prime years. While he will certainly be on the downside of his career when the contract runs out, Hamels still has plenty of good years left in his arm and its awesome to know they will all be in a Phillies uniform.
What the Phillies do next will be interesting. They have a ton of money locked into starting pitching for the next several years, so will they feel compelled to move Cliff Lee? Will they ship out Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence? If so, what are they going to do for an outfield next season? With the trade deadline less than a week away, we will likely know their plan soon enough.