Cole Hamels was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies, developed into a dominant starter with the Phillies, won a World Series (and a Series MVP) with the Phillies and, reason dictates, will sign a new contract with the Phillies.
But for now, Hamels’ future beyond the 2012 season is undetermined.
What if the unlikely were to happen and Hamels decided to test the waters of free agency? The Boston Red Sox would immediately be part of the conversation for where the 28-year-old lefty would sign. After all, they are almost always in the mix for landing the biggest free agents on the market.
Should this scenario play out, landing Hamels would take on a particular significance for the Red Sox. The following is five reasons why Boston should make a big offer to Hamels if he becomes available.