Focus turns to Hamels

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(Jeffrey Phelps / Associated Press)

To no surprise, Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday during Jimmy Rollins' re-introduction that he is "comfortable" with his current 2012 roster. 

"We’re keeping our mind and eyes open," Amaro said.

More importantly, with the heavy lifting out of the way, Amaro can turn his attention to re-signing Cole Hamels. First, the general manager will go on vacation. But once the calendar turns to 2012, he will engage Hamels' agent, John Boggs, in negotiations.

Hamels is a free agent following the 2012 season. He has a final, fourth year of arbitration that could pay him upward of $14 million.

"Right now we have to try to deal with the arbitration process," Amaro said. "But at some point we’ll get with his agent and start discussing things. We’ll see how it goes. If we get into a negotiation, it will probably be quiet, we’re not going to have public discussions about them, but at some point we’ll have those discussions, probably after the first of the year."

Amaro expects those discussions to be amicable.

"I have got no indication that Cole wants to go anywhere and I think Cole knows we want to keep him," Amaro said. "I think if you read the quotes I made about Jimmy, they’re going to be the same."


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