The 2008 World Series MVP, Cole Hamels, is a free agent for the first time since signing his six-year, $144 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. A reunion with the Phillies makes a lot of sense for Hamels for a variety of reasons.
Hamels’ presence never left Philadelphia. With his foundation staying relevant in the Philadelphia community, he already has a place in the city. Plus, his left-handed longevity would be welcomed back to the team in a heartbeat. Even though Hamels has faced a few injuries since his time with the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs, he has still consistently thrown 140-200 innings a season.
Hamels is the perfect fit in the middle of a rotation, being a veteran left-handed pitcher that has the expectations of throwing 180+ innings per season. Even though Drew Smyly had a short tenure with the Phillies, he was able to provide the Phillies with a handful of quality left-handed starts— something that hasn’t happened since the Phillies dealt Hamels to the Rangers after his no-hitter against the Cubs.
What the Phillies should offer to Hamels should be identical to what the Yankees offered J.A. Happ— a two-yr/$34 million deal with a team option for the third year. The fans of Philadelphia would gladly welcome back “Hollywood.”
If the Phillies sign Hamels, they could have four of their starters locked up for their opening series against the Marlins.
With Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta, Zach Eflin, and Hamels as the core of the rotation, an additional big-named free agent could join the list to round out the five-man rotation. This would allow the Phillies to leverage Nick Pivetta and Vince Velasquez as either trade-bait or pieces for their depleted bullpen.
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