There's grumbling around the major leagues by a couple of young players who feel they're getting stiffed by their teams at the pay window. Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels and Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, neither of whom are eligible for arbitration, are griping about their salaries.
The Phillies have renewed Hamels at $500,000 and the Brewers have re-upped Fielder at $670,000. Last season, Fielder hit 50 home runs with 119 RBIs. In 2007, Hamels was 15-5 with a 3.39 ERA.
Fielder: "I'm not happy about it at all. The fact I've had to be renewed two years in a row, I'm not happy about it because there's a lot of guys who have the same amount of time that I do who have done a lot less and are getting paid a lot more. But my time is going to come. It's going to come quick too."
Hamels called the new salary figure a "low blow": "I know what I want to do, and I know what I can do. When it gets in my favor, it will be nice. I did [renew] just because I felt like I wasn't equally compensated. For all the efforts I go out and do, you want to have that sort of respect. And I feel like it wasn't there."