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March 2, 2008 at 9:52 pm ET
Phillies contract offer to Hamels a “low blow”

Hamels reacts to the Phillies contract offerHow do you reward a pitcher who went 15-5 with a 3.39 ERA and 177 strikeouts at the bargain basement rate of $400,000 the previous year? Well, if you’re part of the penny-pinching Phillies ownership, you do it by signing him (against his wishes) to an equally-crappy $500,000 contract.

In this case, the player in question is Cole Hamels. And his requested salary for 2008 was a reasonable $750,000. Yet, instead of accommodating Hamels, the Phillies continued their trend of low-balling the younger, contractually-helpless members of the team for no apparent reason other than making a few extra dollars.

According to the MLB’s collective bargaining agreement, (and borrowed from Ken Mendel’s column) each team controls a player’s contractual rights throughout their first six years of big league service, but must still negotiate yearly deals. If a player with less than three years of service can’t agree with their team on a number, said team can “renew” a contract at any salary, as long as the player earns at least the minimum ($390,000 for 2008) and isn’t reduced by more than 20 percent.

Cole falls under that category, and predictably, he isn’t pleased with his “raise” to $500,000.  He didn’t mind telling reporters, either.

Here are some choice quotes from the strikeout machine:

“I’m not angry, I just feel a little … I can’t think of a good word. I’m a little surprised. It’s about respect, and when people don’t show that to you, you’re caught off guard. I thought it was a low blow.”

“I felt it wasn’t necessarily equal compensation for what I do and for what I can do, I have to follow the ladder of other guys, some who play every day, and I know I’m not in that category, but you want to feel like you’re getting equally compensated for what you do on the field compared to other people that are in the same league.”

The worst part is, when players like Hamels (or the recently-disrespected Ryan Howard) look elsewhere when they become free agents, the Phillies will act surprised.

You could even argue that it woulda been worth the extra 250 grand just to keep this story out of the papers.

Oh well, too late now…

Hamels irked over money matters [Phillies.com]
Photo credit: David Maialetti, Daily News

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8 Responses to “Phillies contract offer to Hamels a “low blow””
  1. gonzo says:

    If you ever shake Ruben Amaro Jr’s hand, make sure you bring Purel. Lest you get a funky smell of copper from him pinching pennies.

  2. Rachael W says:

    That is a shame — seriously, Hamels was dominant for the Phillies last year and this is how they reward him?

  3. gonzo says:

    Welcome to the world of Phillies management, Rachael.

  4. Mark Taylor says:

    The Mets would love to pay Hamels for his services.

  5. Phuckin Phillies, in this park, you have to kiss starting pitcher ass. I’m guessing they offered Johan Santana double Hamels’ contract.

    Don’t dare suggest that Mark Taylor.
    Phuck the Mets.

  6. Clare says:

    Goddammit, Cole, you were doing such a great job of NOT STICKING YOUR FOOT IN YOUR MOUTH. They’re going to back up a Brinks truck for you eventually. Could you just shut up and pitch? PLEASE?!

  7. The lack of testicular fortitude among the Phillies front office is astounding. They couldn’t afford a raise for Hamels, because their true Ace that is Adam Eaton is chewing up the payroll. Phucking asshole.

  8. Mario says:

    This is simply the CBA of the MLB.
    Many other players also better of Cole have the same signing.
    Shut up Cole money will arrive if you stay healthy for other years.

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