Cole Hamels and the Phillies front office are reportedly ‘moving in the right direction’ on a contract extension, according to Jon Heyman. The Phillies have been looking to sign Hamels to a Matt Cain-type extension, while Hamels is looking for much more than that. The Giants signed Cain to a five-year, $112.5 million deal this April. Hamels wants something closer to Johan Santana's $137.5 million and possibly more. He may be able to get over $150 million if he hits the free agent market this offseason.
Here are more trade deadline notes from around Major League Baseball (Click “Continue Reading”):
- The White Sox have acquired Astros reliever Brett Myers today. Myers, 31, has posted a 3.52 ERA in 30.2 innings this season and was linked to the Mets a few weeks back.
- The Nationals are looking for a starting pitcher to replace Stephen Strasburg when he hits his innings limit later this season. However, the Nationals aren’t interested in giving up any top prospects.
- Zack Grainke has been offered an extension worth close to $100 million by the Brewers. However, it doesn’t appear as though he will sign it any time soon, leaving the Brewers in a tough situation. The Braves have been one team linked to Greinke. They will likely be going after a top-of-the-rotation starter over the next week and a half.