Quote: Hamels has sights set on free agency

Cole Hamels reached a deal Tuesday on a one-year $15 million deal to avoid arbitration in his final year before free agency.

That in itself is a big deal as the two sides could have negotiated for a long-term deal rather than let him hit the free agent market next winter. But it’s a bigger deal when Hamel’s agent says this:

“We thought about just going for it, and filing for a number [of about $17 million],” said John Boggs, Hamels agent told Bob Nightengale of the USA Today, “but we thought this was fair. Our sights are now set on free agency. At some point, we’ll talk to the Phillies about that.”

From what it sounds like, the Yankees will get an opportunity to bid on Hamels next offseason if they wish to. How badly they want him probably depends on the continued development of the newly aquired Michael Pineda as well as minor leaguers Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances.

Hamels will probably fetch a ton on the open market. He is about the same age as CC Sabathia when he hit the open market so a seven-year $161 million deal isn’t out of the question.

If you doubt me, consider that they are both lefty and Hamels has already won a World Series (he was the MVP) and has a better ERA, K/9, BB/9 and ERA+ than Sabathia through the same point in his career. If Pineda regresses or some of the polish wears off on Banuelos or Betances, than the Yankees will be motivated to bid on Hamels.

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3 Responses to Quote: Hamels has sights set on free agency

  1. Bronx_Knight says:

    For some time now, the Yankees' focus has been on young pitchers (Pineda, Killer B's in the waiting), cheap pitchers (Garcia, Colon), or gap-fillers (Kuroda). Unless the Yanks brass changes its long-term views on overall salary, I really don't see the Yankees going after Hamels very hard.

  2. Aaron says:

    The organization's philosophy does focus on young pitchers but I think they also place an emphasis on elite pitching. Instead of doling out dollars on the Carl Pavano's of the world, they seem more inclined to sink it into CC/Hamels types. I fully expect them and hope they do go after Hamels (and/or Matt Cain if he is available). You can never have too much pitching.

  3. Jacques says:

    I still think CC was better than Hamels when comparing them with the same stages of their career. I suppose one can argue AL vs. NL, but the real adavantage CC has is that he is much more durable than Hamels, throwing 241 IP and 253 IP before he hit free agency and that does not even include playoffs. Hamels' last year numbers were phemonenal, but he has to maintain that level to beat $161 million. My guess is that Hamels won't given his enormous jump in his peripheral numbers