Hamels collects big dividend in 2012 one year deal
The Phillies threw Cole Hamels a nice bone yesterday as they announced a one year, $15 million dollar deal with him. Considering that Cole made $20.5M over the last three seasons from 09-11 in total, you can believe that Hamels is a very happy guy this morning.
Hamels is a good pitcher, but is he a great pitcher? At 28 years old, he is certainly the youngest of the Phillies aces currently on the team. He is also a World Series MVP, from the 2008 World Series. Cole Hamels isn’t on the sure road to the Hall of Fame though yet, and he does have his weaknesses.
The most amount of games that Cole Hamels has ever won in his 6 year career so far is 15 games in 2007. His average record for all years of his career is 14-10 per season. His average ERA is 3.39 over six years as well.
Hamels doesn’t give up on the mound, he has been seen as improving. He had trouble with keeping his emotions in check in key moments on the mound, you can see his face change and then usually it won’t be long until he is taken out of the game. He’s worked on that, and has gotten a little better but it’s still there.
This year should be interesting to see how Cole pitches, he can write his own check with a great year for his next contract. Has he been awesomely lights out when he pitches for the Phillies? At times he has, and at times he hasn’t. A pitcher that hasn’t won more than 15 games in a season is just that, you can’t read too much more into the fact that Hamels is an extremely good pitcher but is he great?