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Cole Hamels Wants To Stay with the Phillies

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Cole Hamels said a couple of things on Monday that should ease the minds of Phillies fans.

Hamels said he has no deadline to reach an agreement on a contract extension, like Albert Pujols had with the St. Louis Cardinals last year.

He also said he wants to stay in Philadelphia.

Hamels will become a free agent following this season, unless he signs an extension first.

Despite what Hamels said Monday, nothing should be considered a certainty. And for good reason. Hamels is likely seeking a contract worth more than $100 million, and the Phillies already have three players on their roster making $20 million or more per year: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Ryan Howard. The Phillies have other notable players who will become free agents in upcoming seasons: Shane Victorino, following this season, and Hunter Pence following 2013.

How many high-priced talents can the Phillies afford, knowing they already are so close to the luxury-tax threshold?