Pitcher Cole Hamels signed a six-year, $144-million contract extension Wednesday that makes him the highest-paid player in Philadelphia Phillies history.
Hamels, 28, could have become a free agent at the end of the season.
The deal includes a club option for 2019 and a limited no-trade provision, the Phillies said in a statement.
The only pitcher with a richer contract is CC Sabathia, who signed a $161-million deal with the New York Yankees in 2009. In 2011, Sabathia and the Yankees added one year and $30 million to the contract.
Hamels, 28, has been the top pitcher on Philadelphia’s rotation this season, with an 11-4 record, 3.23 earned-run average and 131 strikeouts. He has a career record of 85-58 with a 3.38 ERA and was the MVP of the 2008 World Series.
The Phillies now are committed to spending $68 million in 2013 on three starting pitchers ‹ Hamels, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay.
BRAVES DONE WITH DEMPSTER
The Atlanta Braves are unlikely now to resume trade talks for Ryan Dempster after the Chicago Cubs right-hander vetoed a trade Monday night.
“We’ve moved on,” Braves general manager Frank Wren told reporters Wednesday. “It’s highly unlikely that we make that (Dempster) deal.” Dempster pitched Wednesday for the Cubs, taking the loss in a 3-2 decision against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Sources say Dempster wants to be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 35-year-old threw a water cooler in the dugout when he was replaced for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh.
CASHMAN PICKS CHAVEZ
General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday he hasn’t had to look too far to find a replacement for injured third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
“Eric Chavez is the solution,” Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com, one day after Rodriguez suffered a broken bone in his left hand after being hit by a pitch from the Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez.
Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday but could be out six to eight weeks. The 36-year-old Rodriguez was hitting .276 with 15 homers and 44 RBI in 94 games this season.
Chavez, 34, is in his second season as a backup third baseman with the Yankees after more than a dozen years with the Oakland A’s.
Cashman said he won’t actively pursue a trade for a short-term replacement for Rodriguez.
New York recalled infielder Ramiro Pena from triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill the roster spot.
Hanley Ramirez was in the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup Wednesday, less than 24 hours after being traded by the Miami Marlins. The Dodgers gave up pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and minor-league pitcher Scott McGough in exchange for the third baseman/shortstop and left-handed reliever Randy Choate ... The Reds have nixed a trade that would have sent reliever Logan Ondrusek to the Philadelphia Phillies fro centre fielder Shane Victorino, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Wednesday ... The St. Louis Cardinals have purchased the contract of four-time all-star reliever Brian Fuentes from double-A Springfield. Fuentes, 36, was 2-2 with five saves and a 6.84 ERA for the Oakland A’s before being released July 11 ... The Tampa Bay Rays have designated veteran designated hitter Hideki Matsui for assignment, replacing him on the roster with newly acquired infielder Ryan Roberts.