Cole Hamels Wants A Seven-Year Deal, According To Report

Cole Hamels reportedly doesn't want his next contract to be a short one. Not at all.

Howard Eskin of NBC Philadelphia reports that Hamel's agent has told the Philadelphia Phillies that his client wants a seven-year deal once his current contract expires at the end of this season.

The Phillies are normally against extending such long contracts. The longest deal awarded to a pitcher during the Reuben Amaro Jr. era is five years to Cliff Lee. But if the Phillies don't ink Hamels for seven years, another team probably would.

After posting a monster 2011 season, Hamels has been even better this year. The 28-year old is 5-1 with a 2.28 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 47.1 innings this year. Last year, he finished fifth in National League Cy Young voting after going 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 216 innings.

For more on the Phillies, please be sure to check out our blog The Good Phight and SB Nation Philly for all the latest news and updates.

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