Found January 17, 2012 on All Things Philly Sports:
The Phillies have avoided arbitration with Cole Hamels, signing him to a one year, 15 million dollar contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBS.  This is a significant raise for Hamels, who made 9.5 million last season.

The next step for the Phillies will be to wrap up Hamels long-term, something that may be tricky given all of the other big contract already on the books.  Avoiding arbitration and the headaches and hassle that go with that will help the Phils stay on good terms with Hamels but they will still have to shell out big bucks over a number of years to keep Cole in Philly.

Wilson Valdez also reached an agreement with the Phils, leaving Hunter Pence as the only arbitration-eligible Phillie.  Expect Pence to get wrapped up very soon.

Phillies, Cole Hamels Avoid Arbitration

According to CSN’s Jim Salisbury, left-hander Cole Hamels and the Phillies have avoided arbitration and have agreed on a one-year deal worth $15M. The deal will give the Phillies and Hamels some time to possibly work on a long-term deal before Hamels has the chance to hit the open market at the end of this season. According to CBS’ Jon Heyman, Hamels’ incentives are as followed...

Hamels & Valdez Avoid Arbitration

Nobody wants to go through an arbitration hearing. Not the player, not the club. Coming to an agreement prior to that is ideal and the Phillies did just that with Cole Hamels and Wilson Valdez today.Hamels, in his final season of arbitration before hitting free agency, gets $15M. That's one of the highest salaries for a player that is still arbitration eligible. Many fans were...

Cole Hamels, Phillies Agree to One-Year, $15 Million Deal, Avoid Arbitration

PHILADELPHIA -- Left-hander Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed on a $15 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. The 2008 World Series MVP went 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA in 32 games last year. Hamels was selected to his second career All-Star Game and finished fifth in National League Cy Young Award voting. The Phillies also avoided arbitration with infielder...

Hamels Gets Deal, But For Just One Year

The Phillies and Cole Hamels have had a long relationship and they avoided arbitration and extended that relationship for one more season with the signing of a one-year deal.

Phils, Hamels agree to one-year, $15M contract

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Cole Hamels got one big raise. He'll have to wait for another one.

Cole Hamels Signs With Phillies For $15 Million

The Phillies avoided arbitration and reached a deal with Cole Hamels. The deal is worth $15 million according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Hamels seeking 'elite' contract

CSN: The way Cole Hamels' agent is talking, it seems that the Phillies will have their work cut out for them in their quest to retain the lefty longterm.

Hamels, Phils agree to terms, avoid arbitration

The Phillies and Cole Hamels avoided salary arbitration Tuesday when they agreed to a one-year, $15 million contract, according to a source.

Phillies Avoid Arbitration With Valdez

After signing Cole Hamels for $15 million and avoiding arbitration, Wilson Valdez and the Phillies have reached an agreement on a $930,000 deal. Per the Phillies: Valdez appeared in 99 games for the Phillies last season, batting .249 with 14 doubles, four triples, one home run and 30 RBI.  With runners in scoring position, the 33-year-old batted .370.  Defensively, Valdez made...
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