Cole Hamels will seemingly avoid arbitration. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies have signed Hamels to a one-year, $15 million deal. CSN Phillies beat reporter Jim Salisbury confirms. Todd Zolecki and Salisbury report the Phillies have also reached a deal with goat Wilson Valdez– one-year, $930,000.
Last year, Hamels made $9.5 million. He was arbitration eligible for 2012, but, as is often the case with the Phillies, the team avoided the awkward black-and-white dick-measuring event and reached a deal with Hamels before today's 1 p.m. arbitration offers were due.
This means Hamels will still be a free agent at the end of the season if a long-term agreement is not reached before then.
Here are Hamels' incentives:
hamels also gets 100 grand for MVP, 250 grand for cy young, 100 WS MVP, 50 grand lcs mvp, gold glove, silver slugger, A-S
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 17, 2012
Papa CB's reaction when I told him the news: They're going to regret it if they don't sign him to a long-term deal by June. He's going to the Hall of Fame.
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