Following the first complete-game shutout of Cole Hamels’ career, Daily News scribe David Murphy poses a timely question: why not sign Hamels to a multiyear contract right now? [Link]
This excellent, rainy-day question comes on the heels of another deal to a rising star, as the Brewers signed Ryan Braun to an 8-year, $45 million contract yesterday, which buys out his arbitration years and eats two years of free agency. Elsewhere, the Rays agreed on a three-year extension with left-hander Scott Kazmir worth $28.5 million, which includes a team option for 2012. So why not offer the same type of long-term deal to Hamels? Phillies GM Pat Gillick had the answer.
"Right now, it isn't going to happen," Gillick told the DN. Ok then. So, when do the Phils start thinking about it?
"If at some point, if [Hamels is] performing to the level, you're going to have to talk multiyear at some point," Gillick said. "These guys, maybe they are smarter giving guys 8-year deals. I don't know."
Meanwhile, as the Phillies decide whether Hamels is performing at a sufficient level, the young left-hander dominated the Braves for his first complete game of the season, giving up four hits while striking out six and walking two. Pedro Feliz, Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino homered in a winning cause. Afterward, readers expressed satisfaction with the series, and the Phils’ pull within the division.
“The Phils handled Atlanta nicely in this series. Other than last week, they have consistently been winning series and are now 1.5 and 2 games up on the Mets and Braves, respectably. I think the signs are still largely positive so far this season, and I also believe that the Mets and Braves aren't a whole lot better than they've shown so far.” -- RSB