When he retires, Cole Hamels plans to get away from baseball. He's got kids to raise and businesses to run and life to live. That doesn't preclude him from playing fantasy GM now and again, constructing in his mind the sort of team he would build were he in charge.

He knows one thing: There's no way he'd ever give a pitcher the six-year, $144 million contract the Philadelphia Phillies minted him Wednesday.

"I would give big money, but not for long years," Hamels said during a late-May conversation about the frailty of pitchers. "I'd only give three or four years, but I'd give 'em $25 or $30 million."

And were a team to have offered him that?

"I'd laugh," Hamels said. "Just because that's the way the market's gone."