“[Cole Hamels] is one of the top pitchers in baseball,” [Jim] Salisbury said. “He’s on an aging team. He's your youngest star. He's going to pitch at 28 next year. You know once they get the shortstop position done, once they fill out left field, I think they'll turn their attention fully to trying to get Cole Hamels signed to a contract extension, keep him off the free-agent market in 2012. But it's not going to be easy, not going to be easy at all." Gosh, that Ryan Howard extension is looking better and better every day, huh?