Hamels Situation Gets Dicey with One-Year Commitment

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, January 17, 2012 07:21 PM Comments: 37

Will Cole run in the same rotation as Roy past 2012? (Philly.com)

Cole Hamels has signed for one more year at $15 million. That would seem like a good thing. That’s just the feeling on the surface. Look for things to take a turn south if something doesn’t get done before the season begins.

Tom Verducci and Keith Law were both guests on “The Sports Bash with Mike Gill” on 97.3 ESPN FM on Tuesday and both were skeptical that Hamels would re-sign with the Phillies after this one-year pact is up. And to be truthful, I am now as well.

A source close to the situation tells me that Hamels received a low offer during last season that he and his family were not happy with. So that warm, fuzzy feeling you thought was there may not be. From what I’m told, Hamels does enjoy Philadelphia and wants to be here, but also wants to be paid accordingly. Those numbers continue to fluctuate as time moves along.

After Jered Weaver and Justin Verlander inked their five-year deals with the Angels and Tigers, respectively, everyone assumed that the Phillies would have to pay slightly north of that to retain Hamels long-term. That may no longer be the case. Hamels could be looking at a Cliff Lee-esque contract, which well above what both Weaver and Verlander make. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com opines that Hamels can shoot for north of $20 million per season because of his leverage. And let’s face it; he has it.

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Ruben Amaro Jr. on 97.3 ESPN FM with Pat and Mike

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, November 22, 2011 06:47 PM Comments: 0

Ruben Amaro talks with 97.3 ESPN FM about the offseason. (PHOTO: AP)

Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. joined the Sports Bash with Mike Gill and Phillies beat reporter Pat Gallen on Tuesday to discuss everything going on in free agency.

Among the topics discussed were Jimmy Rollins, the Jonathan Papelbon signing, Ty Wigginton in Philly, and Cole Hamels and his contract situation. Also, we touch on how Amaro and the Phillies feel about Domonic Brown.

Listen in to Mike and Pat talk with Ruben Amaro Jr.

Phillies GM, Ruben Amaro Jr on the Sports Bash by The Sports Bash


Daily Debate: Pence for Cosart & Co.?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, July 13, 2011 06:07 PM Comments: 10

Listen to today’s “Daily Debate” between Pat Gallen and Mike Gill of 973 ESPN FM in South Jersey.

Today, we discuss the possibility of the Phillies getting their hands on Houston Astros outfielder Hunter Pence. They would likely have to part with one of their best prospects, Jarred Cosart, among several others.

Is this a trade you would do? Listen in to the arguments made by both sides and lets us know what you conclude in the comment section below.


Cole Hamels Talks with Phillies Nation!

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, July 08, 2011 02:04 PM Comments: 9


Phillies All-Star pitcher Cole Hamels talked with me today at Philly Financial Day about a number of topics, including his cutter, the fans, and sticking around in Philadelphia for his whole career.

Hamels, along with Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins, all took part in the day for their respective charities. Philly Financial Day was put together to benefit each foundation – a portion of the proceeds of each transaction from Boenner & Scattergood, Janney Montgomery Scott, and NASDAQ will be used for charitable purposes.

On the eve of a huge series against the Braves, the men were out for a great cause. Listen in, Nation!


Daily Debate: Who do you Start a Franchise with?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, June 22, 2011 04:22 PM Comments: 5

Listen to today’s “Daily Debate” between Pat Gallen and Mike Gill of 973 ESPN FM in South Jersey. Today’s topic is a fantasy topic of sorts. There is really no right or wrong answer.

If you had your choice of one player, who would you start a franchise with? After Albert Pujols went down (and has had a bit of a down season) we looked at the other players that could be franchise cornerstones.

See who we picked by listening below and let us know in the comments section who you would start your Major League franchise with.


Daily Debate: Phillies Search for a Righty Bat

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, June 20, 2011 08:37 PM Comments: 16

Today’s Daily Debate between Pat Gallen and Mike Gill on 97.3 ESPN FM takes a look at a couple of right-handed power bats the Phillies could look at before the trade deadline. Both are names you know and one is a name that might surprise you.

Listen in and let us know who you side with on the Daily Debate, which can be heard every day at 4:45 on 97.3 ESPN FM or 973espn.com.


Daily Debate: Phillies and the NL East

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 14, 2011 05:01 PM Comments: 4

Listen to today’s “Daily Debate” between Pat Gallen and Mike Gill of 973 ESPN FM in South Jersey.

Today’s topic has to do with the Phillies as a whole. The NL East has been called a tough division by some, but with the Marlins fading (we’ll see what happens after this 4-game series) and the Mets and Nationals out of the race by Memorial Day, it’s basically down to the Phillies and Braves.

Our question, without sounding cocky, how many games will the Phillies win the division by. We put the starting number at six. Listen in to see what Pat and Mike take – the over or under.


Daily Debate: Oswalt – Stay or Go?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, June 08, 2011 02:23 PM Comments: 12

Listen to today’s “Daily Debate” between Pat Gallen and Mike Gill of 973 ESPN FM in South Jersey. Today’s topic stems from last night’s wacky game: should the Phillies keep Roy Oswalt in 2012?

Oswalt is having a sneaky-good season, layered beneath missed starts, back issues, family concerns, and an odd start on Tuesday night against the Dodgers. His numbers (3-3, 3.05 ERA) suggest he’s doing just fine. His retreating velocity allows for lingering doubts.

Today, we look ahead – perhaps too far. Next season, Roy Oswalt has a mutual option for $16 million. That’s a lot of scratch at a time when the Phillies can barely scratch out a run.

The question is basic, yet complicated. Which side do you take? The one that says keep Roy Oswalt, the 4 Aces are too valuable. Or, the other that believes $16 million is better spent somewhere else?

Let us know who you side with on the issue by commenting below.



Pitching Prospect Austin Hyatt Interview

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, June 01, 2011 01:35 PM Comments: 0

Right-handed hurler Austin Hyatt began the 2011 season on a roll for the Double A Reading Phillies, posting a 5-1 record with a 3.18 ERA over his first 7 starts. Slumping a bit since then, Hyatt has gone 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in his last 3 starts.

A 15th round draft pick out of the University of Alabama by the Phillies in 2009, Hyatt made his professional debut that year with the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters. In 17 games in the NY-Penn League, Hyatt posted a 3-0 record with 6 saves and a 0.66 ERA while striking out 81 batters in 54 1/3 innings. Those stats earned him a promotion to join the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws, serving as their set-up man for the postseason.

In 2010, the 6-foot-2-inch 180-pound Hyatt was named the Florida State League’s Most Valuable Pitcher, as he notched an 11-5 record and a 3.04 ERA in 23 games (21 starts), as a member of the High A level Clearwater Threshers. In August, he was promoted to Reading, where he made 4 starts (1-0, 4.91 ERA) to wrap up his season.

Recently, I spoke with the 25-year-old Hyatt about his success, his pitch repertoire, the possibility of him joining Twitter and plenty more. Check out the media player below to hear the full interview.


Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league insider. You can read more content from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.


Daily Debate: Phillies Cy Young Winner

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, May 31, 2011 02:48 PM Comments: 13

Listen to today’s “Daily Debate” between Pat Gallen and Mike Gill of 973 ESPN FM in South Jersey. Today’s topic is a very interesting one – who is the Phillies Cy Young winner at the 1/3 pole of the season?

There are a few choices on this list, which player would you pick?

If you so choose, give us a vote at the bottom so we can see who wins the argument (for bragging rights, of course!).


[Listen to "The Sports Bash" with Mike Gill with Pat Gallen on updates and live reports from the ballpark every day from 3-7 on 973 ESPN FM in South Jersey or 973ESPN.com]

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