Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, the third ace in the team's stacked rotation, will be a free agent at season's end and it doesn't sound as if he's planning to run out of town too quickly.
"I was fortunate enough to be drafted into an organization that is trying to win and obviously has won," Hamels said Monday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "Every day, every year, we seem to get some top players. So that kind of shows the value and the direction the team wants to go. I've just been very fortunate to be a part of it. It's a great organization to play for and I'd love to be part of it."
The 28-year-old Hamels, who was the MVP of the 2008 National League Championship Series and World Series in his third season with the team, has gone 74-54 with the team. Last season, he was 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA.
"Ever since I've been here, they've been able to do a really good job of keeping the guys that they draft - especially the guys that they like," Hamels said, according to the paper. "I just hope I'm one of those guys that they like."
You can be sure they like him — a lot -- in Philly.