Phillies Sign Cole Hamels to Six-Year, $144 Million Deal

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He stays!

The Phillies have signed Cole Hamels to a six-year, $144 million deal, according to reports. Buster Olney was the first to Tweet the news, at 6:18 a.m

Hamels’ average annual salary will be $24 million a year– the second highest in baseball for a pitcher and same as Cliff Lee. Matt Gelb points out that it is also the second largest contract ever for a pitcher and the richest in Philadelphia sports history. And Jayson Stark put it best: There had never been a team with two $20 million per year starters until the 2012 Phillies. Now they have three.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman writes that the Phillies offered $80 million to Hamels last year. He said no… and earned himself another $64 million.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale says there is a vesting option for a seventh year that could make the total package worth more than $160 million, meaning the Cole Hamels Millions Meter, whose last estimate came in at $155 million, was oh-so-close.


26 Responses

  1. Should have traded him to Texas for those prospects & resigned heavy joe

  2. Would have been better if today was Cole Hamels and Shea Weber signing day, but whatever, still very happy.

  3. The Phillies are going to Hulk Hogan the shit out of this season. You think that bald mf’er is down and then he raises his arm up, shakes his head, and goes nuts ftw.
    Also, Bobby Ryan will be throwing out the first pitch.

  4. Time to ride the momentum from the COLE TRAIN into the wild card spot! COME ON BOYS! LETS GO!!!!!!! Homers Gun is right! time to go APESHITCRAZY!!! All it will take is 2 or 3 more wins before the rest of the NL starts getting nervous!!!! 8.5 out of the wildcard! about 10 weeks left in the season! pick up a game a week! BOOM…. BOOM MOTHER FUCKER!!!! BOOM

  5. Lenny – I’ve had enough of your bitching. Shut the fuck up, or else you’ll be traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Shane Doan’s skate you ignorant little twat.

  6. Kyle, the deal was first reported last night at about 1:30 AM by Ken Rosenthal. Olney may have had the right number first but Ken had the deal first

  7. Someone’s gonna have to go and I think Cliff Lee is the one that will


  9. All the ire directed at Cliff Lee since Hamels signed is fucking hilarious. He’s having a down year with very little run support, a problem Hamels had a couple years prior. Halladay practically threw the same game as him the day before and nobody jumped on his shit. Even if they traded Cliff, they’d be looking to sign someone else to fill the hole he and blanton would be leaving in the rotation and chances are exceptionally high that it would be somebody with less talent for the same amount of money. If you want to drop some payroll, try looking at the position players who are all underperforming, old, and/or replaceable. If they could replace anybody but Chooch with a guy who hits over .300 with RISP, they’d be making a vast improvement.

  10. Are the Phillies still cheap and is Rube still dumb? Wait I’ll go listen to 610 for the pulse haha

  11. Hell Yes! Now if we could only get Mr. Lee to start pissing some more excellence we’d be set. Perhaps he needs to stop eating asparagus, because now he only seems to emit stinky piss.

  12. Rube is about to do something nuts guaranteed. They’re too heavily invested. Juan Pierre, Vance Worley, Dom Brown, and some prospects. This could be a good thing that the team has to play playoff baseball towards the end of the season rather than backing off because they’re so far ahead the last few years. Ya gotta believe!

  13. I hope he trades in his 40 year old , getting thicker by the day wife in or cheat on her like the flyin Hawaiian does

  14. 2013
    90 mil wrapped up into 3 pitchers and ryan howard
    No bullpen
    No centerfielder
    No thirdbaseman
    A secondbaseman with no knees
    Ruben is great !!!

  15. so a career best 15 wins on a team that won the division 5 straight years – gets you the 2nd highest contract ever for a pitcher
    what a fucking joke

  16. Kyle, Rosenthal was first, Olney confirmed it from Rosenthal’s report. but who cares, we got cole!

  17. @settle down….you’re dumb. No SP on the free agent market is going to get signed for 24 AAV. Trading Cliff would make sense. You’d save some money, yeah you’d have to eat some money to get better prospects but we could potentially get a 3B, a SP, and another body for Cliff from Texas. I’d be willing to bet if we ate some money on Cliff’s deal we could get Olt, Martin Perez/or Leonys Martin and a Cody Buckel. Then we can sign an Edwin Jackson type on the cheap like the gNats did. I’m thinking Marcum.

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