But there are 2 things very, very different.
Pedro joined a team that had just won a world series and was a clear favorite to return. That team wasnt doing great, but the talent on that team and the potential of that team was orders of magnitude better than this team. We just had a surge to get to .500, frankly, I dont think this is really even that good of a team, we have been weirdly lucky with injuries. This is a not a team that is in any way a WS contender, it would take a freaking miracle for us to even laughably talk about that. Maybe, and a big maybe, we could contend in the worst division in baseball and then get wiped out in the first round of the playoffs, that is the high ceiling of this team.
2nd... this hurts as a Philly fan, but Hamels is not Pedro and NEVER was. Pedro, when you look at his lifetime stats and the ones from his prime, really was a once in a generation talent. He probably deserves to be mentioned in the top 10 pitchers of the last 50 years, or maybe top 20. Hamels was a very good pitcher, an all-star, even an ace, but he was not anywhere near that level of success. Pedro is a clear Hall of Famer, Hamels is a fairly solid member of the Hall of Very Good. They arent the same guys buy a big margin. Hamels is probably closer to the top 200 of the last 50 years.
Pedro was likely to be an above average pitcher, even at that point in his career. And he proved that to be correct. Frankly, Hamels is hoping to catch on as a 5th starter somewhere and maybe (probably not) be average. Or maybe a job as a LOOGY. Basically, I think what Hamels is doing here is hunting a ring and hoping to catch on to the right team and hang around the bottom of their pitching staff just well enough to cap off his career with a ring. I dont blame him, if he can do it, why not. He isnt going to be the guy that does what Pedro did for the 2009 team, which was to add a top starter to a very good but stumbling team. I dont see any comparison between the situations.