Jon Heyman reported the other day that the Phillies were prepared to offer “more than $120 million” to Cole Hamels. Now he’s getting more specific:
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, sources familiar with the team’s thinking told CBSSports.com.
The Phillies are believed to have had some conversations in recent days with Hamels, and while no official offer has been made yet, sources say the team is interested in doing a deal in the range of Matt Cain’s six-year arrangement with the Giants.
Hard to say what that will do. It would be a reasonable assumption to think that Hamels will want more than Matt Cain is getting — $127 million or so — so this is not merely a non-starter, public relations offer. But if Hamels truly wants to play the open market, it may not matter.
Targets north of Cain include Johan Santana’s $137.5 million deal and CC Sabathia’s $161 million deal, which he later opted out of and redid.