Hamels Strikes Deal with Phils

by Matthew on January 18, 2012

Pitching ace Cole Hamels got a pay raise today as he and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed on a $15 million, one-year contract Tuesday, avoiding arbitration.

The 28-year-old lefty made $9.55 million in 2011.

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Hamels went 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA in 32 games last year en route to being selected to his second All-Star game. He also posted three complete games, 194 strikeouts and 44 walks as the Phillies went a major league-best 102-60 during the regular season.

The 2008 World Series MVP helped the Phillies win their second World Series title in 2008 with one of the most dominant postseason performances in history. He was 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts.

A first-round draft pick in 2002, Hamels has spent his entire career with the Phillies. He is 74-54 overall with a 3.39 ERA in six seasons.

He is joined by former Cy Young Award winners Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee in a pitching rotation that had a major-league best 3.02 ERA last season.

 

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