The Phillies have help to further solidify their starting rotation by signing their ace starter, 2008 NLCS and World Series MVP Cole Hamels, to a three-year, $20.5 million contract. With the signing, the Phils have avoided a second straight year of going to arbitration with their star pitcher. Hamels thus become the second of the Phils’ arbitration eight to sign under the dotted line, following Greg Dobbs’ signing yesterday to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. Meanwhile, Ryan Madson has rejected a three-year, $12 million offer from the Phils.
According to the New York Post, Hamels will be receiving $4.35 million dollars this year, $6.65 million in 2010 and $9.5 million in 2011.
With Hamels’ signing, the Phillies still have the possibility of facing arbitration with Shane Victorino, Madson, Chad Durbin, Joe Blanton, Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard. My thinking on the remaining six? Victorino, Durbin, Blanton, and Werth will probably signed before February 1-2 when the arbitration panel will be held, Howard will probably go to arbitration and get another paydate, while Madson will either hold out for more money and then sign, or go to arbitration and then become a free agent after the 2009 season. I guess we’ll all see soon.