From the NYPost:
This deal makes no sense to me. Surely Hamels is the type of player to build around, but isn’t the whole point of buying out a player’s arbitration years to also buy out a free-agent season or two? This deal has almost zero upside for the team. Sure, it’s possible that with a couple more great seasons, Hamels would have ended up earning more than this contract in arbitration, but considering the bonuses that the contract contains, it’s not likely.
What if Hamels suffers an injury or has a down season? Hamels obviously has tremendous talent, but young pitchers who have had his kind of a workload do not have great track records.
Combine this deal with the Ibanez signing and it really hasn’t been a good offseason for the defending champs. Ibanez is a downgrade from Burrell and received a much larger contract (3 years, $30 million) than Burrell did (2 years, $16 million).
What I might find most entertaining though is the Mets fans who commented on the article, angry the Mets didn’t sign Hamels. I guess not every baseball fan understands what arbitration years are. Don’t worry Mets fans – any deal that is bad for the Phillies is good for you.