Happy Sunday, readers! While the Philadelphia Phillies play the rubber match against the Colorado Rockies, here's an update on two pretty important guys…
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay, according to sources, will be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, July 17th. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel plans on starting Halladay that night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. As most of you probably remember, Halladay was not having his best year before going to the DL with muscle strain. He was 4-5 with a 3.98 ERA and he didn't look like the same guy. Hopefully Tuesday night he'll come out and shut down a good Dodgers team.
In other pitching news, Jayson Stark has reported that the Phillies are preparing an offer for soon-to-be free agent Cole Hamels. While general manager Ruben Amara Jr. and Hamel's agent John Boggs are remaining quiet, we can all assume that this will be the biggest deal in team history. The market for a contract extension to the team's best pitcher was set by the Phillies in 2010 when they gave Cliff Lee a five-year $120 million deal. I would imagine that Hamels will be looking for something a little higher than that. Probably something in the San Francisco Giants Matt Cain's realm of five-year $112.5 million range.
As everyone has heard, Hamels was on the trading block earlier this season and he has said that he wants to remain in Philadelphia. It looks like the Phillies believe they can be good long term with this team. Adding the projected salary of Hamels will put the Phillies near or over the luxury tax number for the next several seasons and it doesn't help them get any younger. I like locking Hamels up long term, but there has to be other plans to clear some room to sign young guys and make this team better.
Stay tuned for a game recap after the final out of the game today.
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