Saturday, January 17, 2009

Hamels signs 3 year deal

The Phillies made a great move today, signing ace Cole Hamels to a three year, $20.5 million dollar contract. Hamels showed just how valuable he is to this team during last season's playoffs, and not going to arbitration for the next three years is a great step.

While it would have been nice to see them lock him up long term, this is a step in the right direction as Hamels is clearly more satisfied with the team's offer now than he was heading into the 2008 season. He is a player that the Phillies can not afford to lose. A dominant staff ace is one of the most important things for a baseball team, especially come playoff time. Hamels has proved to be that ace, and it is good to know he is locked up through 2011.

Of all the arbitration or free agency eligible players, Hamels is the most valuable, and that includes Ryan Howard. Hopefully Cole can add another World Series MVP to his mantle and maybe even a Cy Young award during his time as a member of the Phillies.

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