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Phillies Confirm Hamels Has Signed $144M Extension

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PHILADELPHIA -

It's official: Cole Hamels is going to stay with the Phillies.

Overnight, Ken Rosenthal from FOX Sports reported that the Phillies and Hamels were close on a six-year deal.

On Wednesday morning, the Phillies confirmed that the left-handed starting pitcher, three-time all-star and 2008 NLCS and World Series MVP has inked his contract extension, which is worth $144 million.

The deal is reported to be the second-largest ever awarded to a starting pitcher.

This season, the 28-year-old lefty is 11-4 with a 3.23 ERA and hasn't missed a scheduled start. He's fifth in the National League in wins and strikeouts, sixth in innings pitched and seventh in winning percentage.

The Phillies noted in a release announcing the extension that Hamels leads all NL pitchers with 85 wins and ranks third in innings pitched (1,295.0) and starts (199) since his 2006 debut. He has the second-most strikeouts (1,222) among all major league left-handed pitchers over the last seven seasons (2006-12), trailing only CC Sabathia (1,373).

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