Lately things have been going right for the Philadelphia Phillies. That trend continued in a big way on Wednesday morning with the team signing Cole Hamels to a 6-year, $144 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
The Phillies were known to be working hard on a deal to lock up Hamels before the trading deadline, and came through with the longest contract they've ever given a pitcher.
Hamels will make an average of $24 million per year, well above the money Matt Cain received from the San Francisco Gaints earlier this year. With the new pact, the All-Star lefty will make the same annual salary as his star teammate Cliff Lee.
The contract is the second richest ever handed out to a pitcher, with the only one eclipsing it being the Yankees deal with CC Sabathia for $161 million.
A press conference is expected for Wednesday to celebrate the Phillies keeping another one of their homegrown stars.