Cole Hamels and the Phillies avoided arbitration on Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year, $15 million deal. The team also avoided arbitration with fellow stud pitcher Wilson Valdez (terms not disclosed).
Hamels, entering his age 28 season, is obviously looking for a long-term deal at this point. In terms of parameters, there's no way he'll accept a penny less than what C.J. Wilson got from the Angels (5 years, $77.5 million). And it's hard to make an argument that he doesn't deserve similar (if not more) money than Cliff Lee, whose deal with the Phils is for 5 years, $120 million with a vesting option that could make it worth $147.5 million over 6 years.
Hamels, who can become a free agent after this season, went 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA last year, good for a fifth-place finish in the Cy Young voting. The MVP of the 2008 NLCS and World Series, Hamels has a career record of 74-54 with a 3.39 ERA.
Hunter Pence is the Phils' only remaining arbitration-eligible player as Wilson Valdez has reportedy avoided arbitration and settled on a $930,000 deal, according to MLB.com.
Correction (courtesy of lorecore): Cliff Lee's 5yr/$120M deal includes his guaranteed 2016 salary of at least the $12.5M buyout.His actual salary in in those 5 years is $107.5M. If his option was picked up, he would make $27.5M in 2016 to bring his max contractual value to $135M.