Will Yoder
Tuesday January 17th, 2012

The Philadelphia Phillies have avoided arbitration by signing starting pitcher Cole Hamels to a one-year, $15 million deal, according to HardballTalk.

Hamels, 27, was named to his second All-Star team last year after going 14-9 with a 2.70 ERA in 31 starts for the first place Phillies. The left-hander struck out 194 batters in 216 innings pitched, helping him to finish fifth in the National League Cy Young voting.

Hamels has earned a reputation as being one of the most consistent starters in the game. Since 2007, the Phillies hurler has posted an ERA above 3.39 just once. In 2008, Hamels was named the World Series MVP when he helped lead Philadelphia past the Tampa Bay Rays.

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