Phillies SP Cole Hamels. (Photo by Miles Kennedy/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA — All is well in Philadelphia.
The Phillies have signed their home grown starting pitcher Cole Hamels to the richest deal in Philadelphia history, a six-year, $144 million deal announced by general manager Ruben Amaro.
The contract will also include a vesting option for a seventh year, jumping the contract’s value up to $160 million. It also has a limited no-trade clause.
The 28-year-old is having another fine season, posting an 11-4 record with a 3.23 ERA in 19 starts this season.
There will be a press conference at noon to announce the extension.
The offer was brought to Hamels following his start Saturday according to Matt Gelb. Hamels had to consider the deal for a few days, and a source said Tuesday night there were “still issues” with the contract but a conclusion was within reach.
But then at some point during the Phillies’ wild 8th inning in which they scored six runs to beat the Brewers, 7-6, last night, Hamels said yes to the contract.
Some awesome numbers in the Phillies press release to really give you a perspective of Hamels’ impact in the Major Leagues:
Since making his major league debut on May 12, 2006, Hamels leads all NL pitchers with 85 wins and ranks third in innings pitched (1,295.0) and starts (199). He has been selected to three NL All-Star teams (2007, 2011-12) and has the second-most strikeouts (1,222) among all major league left-handed pitchers over the last seven seasons (2006-12), trailing only CC Sabathia (1,373).
Hamels was drafted 17th overall in the 2002 draft by the Phillies. He is looking at being the greatest home grown Phillies starter since Robin Roberts pitched for the Phillies.
The Phillies absolutely had to get this deal done. After shopping Hamels around a little but, Amaro and the rest of the brass realized that extending Hamels was their only true option.
They didn’t want to risk Hamels being able to sign somewhere else in the time period between now and December. The Phillies are still a competitive team when healthy and the Phillies need Hamels to continue their ability to contend.
Hamels expressed his opinion in not only wanting to play for a winner, but to do something special and that’s play his entire career for one team. After siting one of his heros, Tony Gwynn, as doing so, Hamels pretty much made it clear that he wanted to be a Phillie.