“In 2010, they awarded Howard a five-year, $125 million extension nearly two years before he was set to hit the open market. This past offseason, they re-signed shortstop Jimmy Rollins to a four-year, $38 million free-agent contract at age 33.
Hamels is next in line, and don’t worry; the Phillies can afford him, too. The team, before even staging its first workout of spring training, had sold 3.1 million tickets for 2012.”
Hamels reiterated throughout the press conference that he wants to remain with the Phillies. The Phillies want him back. It is just a matter of how much will it cost. Hometown discount? Rosenthal says,
“Would he take less money to stay in Philadelphia? Well, maybe.
That’s right, Hamels did not rule out a hometown discount. He merely answered by saying that he wants to play for a winning team, and the Phillies are a winning team.”
The Phillies are going to have to give Hamels his fair share but he also wants to stay. That could play right into the Phillies hands. If people keep paying to go to games, the team makes more money to spend on their players (but the luxury tax is quickly approaching).
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