Cole Hamels reached a 3-year/$20.5M deal
with the Phillies today, making it the highest
annual avg. salary for a stating pitcher in
his first year salary arbitration.
Friday, it was Greg Dobbs. Today, it is NLCS and World Series MVP, Cole Hamels.
The Phillies, who see the largest number of players in salary arbitration this year, have reached an agreement with Hamels for a three-year, $20.5 million deal.
ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the contract will pay Hamels $4.35 million this year, $6.65 million in 2010 and $9.5 million in 2011.
If Hamels wins the Cy Young Award, his base salary would increase by $500,000 the following season. If he places second or third in the Cy Young voting, the contract would increase by $250,000 in the following season.
It is the largest annual average for a starting pitcher in his first year of salary arbitration (Hamels is considered a âSuper-Twoâ with 2.143 ML service time, fourth lowest in this yearâs salary arbitration class).
The signing of Dobbs and Hamels moves the total number of Phillies players left in salary arbitration to six with Joe Blanton, Chad Durbin, Ryan Howard, Ryan Madson, Shane Victorino, and Jayson Werth left on their plate.
Hamels is the fourth salary arbitration eligible player to reach agreement or sign after the filings were released on Thursday. Kevin Youkilis, Darren Oliver, and Greg Dobbs are the others. That leaves 107 salary arbitration eligible players left working towards agreements.
See Salary Arbitration Tracker for updated details
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