7 Ways Cole Hamels' Huge Extension Shakes Up the 2012 MLB Trade Deadline

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7 Ways Cole Hamels' Huge Extension Shakes Up the 2012 MLB Trade Deadline
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On Wednesday morning, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels became a very rich man. In fact, his future children and grandchildren became very rich as well.

Hamels agreed to a six-year, $144 million contract extension that keeps him in Philly for most of the rest of the decade. A vesting option was included for the 2019 season as well.

Now armed with the second-richest contract for a pitcher in MLB history, behind only CC Sabathia, Hamels' decision to stay right where he is drastically alters the landscape in the trade market.

Teams who had been busily preparing to make offers to Philly for the 28-year-old southpaw must now switch gears and go in an entirely different direction.

So, just what does Hamels' contract extension mean for the rest of the players available on the trade market?

Let's take a look.

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