January 17, 2012
Phils ink Hamels to $15 million deal
By SPORTS NETWORK
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Phillies have avoided arbitration with left-hander Cole Hamels, signing him to a one-year deal worth $15 million plus incentives.
Hamels was 14-9 last season and pitched to a career-best 2.79 earned run average. He also finished fifth in National League Cy Young Award voting, with teammates Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee placing second and third, respectively.
His 14 wins gave him at least 10 wins in five straight seasons, making him the first Phillies pitcher to do so since Hall of Famer Steve Carlton's 13-year streak from 1972-84.
An NLCS and World Series MVP for the Phillies in 2008, Hamels has spent his entire six-year career in Philadelphia and has posted a 74-54 mark to go along with a 3.39 ERA. He's also the Phils' all-time leader in postseason wins with seven.
Hamels, who earned $9.5 million last season, had signed a multi-year deal with the Phils in 2009, but left his last arbitration year open. He can become an unrestricted free agent at season's end.
The Phillies also avoided arbitration with infielder Wilson Valdez on Tuesday, making outfielder Hunter Pence the team's lone remaining player eligible.
Valdez will earn $930,000, plus incentives, after batting .249 in 99 games last season. He also hit .370 with runners in scoring position.