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