Hamels agrees to six-year, $144M deal with Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies and starting pitcher Cole Hamels have agreed to a six-year, $144 million deal, according to CBS Sports.
The deal is the second highest contract ever given to a pitcher, behind only CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees who signed a seven-year, $161 million deal in 2008.
Hamels, who was set to become a free agent in 2013, will earn the same amount annually as teammate Cliff Lee ($24 million). Lee signed a five-year, $120 million deal in 2010.
Hamels, 28, is 11-4 with a 3.23 ERA and 1.12 WHIP through 19 starts this season. He owns a career record of 85-58 with a 3.38 ERA. The former first-round draft pick has spent his entire seven-year career with the Phillies.