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Phillies Sign Cole Hamels To 6-Year, $144 Million Contract Extension

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

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.

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