Deadspin had a solid post yesterday detailing the large number of young left-handed pitchers that have received extensions over the last several months.
You'll notice that Cole Hamels' name is not on the list - and a lengthy list it is. From Deadspin...
Since the end of last season, we've had extensions for Matt Moore, John Danks, Gio Gonzalez, Derek Holland, Cory Luebke, Jon Niese, and now Bumgarner, young lefties all. (Clayton Kershaw bought out two of his arbitration years, too.) It's almost easier to think of young left-handers that haven't gotten contract extensions. Although that too becomes a challenge. Jon Lester? Nope, he got one. Ricky Romero? Think again. Jaime Garcia? Surely you jest.
Essentially, the lone lefty wolves are Kershaw (a free agent after 2014), David Price (after 2015) and Cole Hamels (after 2012!), all of whom will earn enough money, barring injuries, to topple South American governments or buy fancy cars or whatever.
Elsewhere, Matt Cain said that he believes Hamels' long-term extension will be worth more than his own - five years, $112.5 million - as "history-wise, lefties have always brought more than a righty. It's just the nature of the game." That's all well and good - and it's pretty obvious, since Hamels is more accomplished than Cain and just 11 months older.
Considering Matt Cain's contract, what would you guess Hamels gets - if you had to predict right now - in terms of years and dollars (and team)? And on a scale of 1-to-10, where 1 was Prince Fielder last offseason and 10 was Mariano Rivera two years ago, how confident are you that Hamels will re-sign with his current team?