March 8, 2012; Clearwater FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) pitches in the second inning of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Earlier today, we heard speculation that Phillies southpaw Cole Hamels could make upwards of $150M if he hits the open market this fall. Philadelphia, however, seems intent on locking him up, and unlike a lot of stars, Hamels isn't setting a deadline for a possible deal. His agent John Boggs is in camp, and will reportedly be having contract discussions with the club. There's hope within the organization that a deal will get done.
Hamels sharp again; talks contract, Opening Day
"Cole Hamels could become the rare pitcher who signs his first $20-million-per-year contract before he makes his first Opening Day start. Brett Myers started Opening Day in 2007, 2008 and 2009, while Roy Halladay got the nod in 2010 and 2011. Halladay will probably be the guy again this year. Whether Hamels gets his contract before then remains to be seen."
Anthony Castrovince: Cole Hamels could be next pitcher in elite $100 million club | phillies.com: News
"CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The $100 Million Pitcher Club is currently five deep, but its most recent entrant and its next most likely entrant just so happen to be neighbors in the Phillies' locker room at Bright House Field."