Update: Thursday, July 19 at 3 p.m. ET -- Tim Daniels
Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports the Phillies have put all trade talks surrounding Hamels on hold as the team attempts to make a concerted effort to re-sign the ace lefty to a long-term extension. Philadelphia has even upped its offer to six years.
With 12 days until the trade deadline, the Phillies are still up against the wall in terms of time, so this story is far from over.
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Update: Wednesday, July 18 at 4:35 p.m. ET
According to CBSSports.com, the Phillies are planning on offering Hamels a contract in the neighborhood of six years, $130 million in hopes of keeping him in Philadelphia. The team is hoping to get a deal done within a week and has used Matt Cain's five-year, $112.5 million extension as a baseline for their offer to Hamels.
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According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Phillies are preparing a major offer to keep Hamels in Philadelphia.
Hamels is 10-4 with a 3.20 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 118 strikeouts in 118 innings this season. This follows up a 2011 campaign that saw him go 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA and 0.99 WHIP while throwing 216 innings.
The veteran, who is in his seventh season in the league, is a free agent after this season, and he hasn't been able to agree on an extension with the Phillies yet leading up to the trade deadline, leading many to believe he's on his way out.
But if the Phillies lose Hamels, it appears it certainly won't be due to lack of effort.
Hamels talked about free agency before the All-Star break, via ESPN's Jayson Stark:
"Every human being wants to know what their value is, in whatever job they're doing. If you get to do it, it's a pretty cool experience."
The Phillies will likely have to offer Hamels a mega offer if they expect to keep him. While he has been with the team for a while, he has a lot of leverage right now, given his production throughout the years and the fact that there's likely heavy interest out there.
The Texas Rangers are reportedly rumored to be in the mix for Hamels if he is traded, and contenders such as the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds could go after him as well.
The Phillies' slinger is certainly a wanted man these days.
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