By Will Yoder
January 17, 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.

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