Found July 25, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels had long been the subject of speculation of where he would end up spending the 2013 season. In the end, however, there was one place that he really wanted to end up. "It's very hard to leave a place you've had so many great memories and have been able to enjoy so much good, and you know there's so much more good to come. You don't want to miss it, you don't want to not be a part of it," Hamels said. And with that and a whole lot of green, Hamels waived his right to become a free agent and signed a six-year, $144 million deal to remain with the Phillies -- the club that drafted him in the first round in 2002. It is a landmark deal in so many ways for Hamels and the Phils. The contract was the second longest ever given to a starting pitcher in major league history, topped only by C.C. Sabathia's $161 million, seven-year contract in 2008. It was the first contract of more than five years given to a ...
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