As expected, the Philadelphia Phillies will enter the 2012 season with three-quarters of their famed stable of starting pitching intact. The Phillies inked starter Cole Hamels on Tuesday to a one-year deal worth $15 million, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, which will allow the two parties to avoid arbitration.
Hamels pitched 216.0 innings last year, finishing 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA and 194 strikeouts. He made the All-Star team and finished fifth in NL Cy Young voting in what might have been the best statistical season of his career.
The 28-year old could have been in line for a big long-term payday, but the Phillies decided to stick to a one-year deal instead and will need to revisit Hamels' contract situation after the season.