Give me Hamels if we have the cash. Not many people realize he got married in Springfield and has a home near Branson. His wife is from this area and he's awesome.
It'd take something like 6/120 to sign him, but I'd pony up the cash with guys like Miller/Wong/Adams/Craig/Lynn/Sanchez/Tavares ready to give us some payroll flexibility.
No thanks. He'd basically have to stay completely healthy for 6 years without any decline in stuff to earn that contract. Somebody probably will give him a deal like that, but the better front offices aren't going to give him that many years without some allowance for the likelihood of injury.
It's an understandable stance. Pitchers are always an injury risk, and Hamels is probably a bit more of one than some others.
I just think the Cards are well positioned to add an expensive piece in free agency and he's the best fit in my view, and the Cards can take a risk on a guy like Hamels in my view. You can structure the contract to give you some allowance for injury, but you can't give too much obviously, or he wouldn't sign.
There's other options, and it was more of an off-the-cuff comment than a completely researched one, but I do like Hamels as a fit for the team as constructed.