Cole Hamels wants a seven-year deal

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It’s being reported that Cole Hamels’ agent is demanding a seven-year deal from the Phillies.

As The 700 Level discusses, that’s a big, long contract, though in Hamels’ case it may be the kind of commitment the Phillies need to make. And it’s certainly the case that  young, top-shelf lefties don’t come onto the market that often.

Still, I’m rather confused here.  One would think, given Hamels’ affinity for Old School Baseball, he’d prefer to sign a one-year deal for $45,000, subject to automatic renewal by the team via the reserve clause.