Ace lefthander Cole Hamels, MVP winner in both the NLCS and the World Series, reliever Ryan Madson, who saw action in 11 of the Phillies 13 post-season games, centerfielder Shane Victorino, along with Joe Blanton, who went undefeated with the Phils including 2 post-season wins — all inked deals with the World Champions avoiding arbitration hearings.
Hamels, who went 14-10 with a 3.09 ERA in the regular season and established himself as the club’s ace winning 4 post-season games including 1 World Series win and 6 great innings in the decisive 5th game, led the way inking a 3-year, $20.5M deal with the Phils.
AP Sports Writer Dan Gelston describes Hamels’ deal, his reaction to it and summarizes Hamels’ season for Yahoo sports;
The deal avoids an arbitration hearing and keeps the 25-year-old Hamels in Philadelphia through the 2011 season. Hamels went 4-0 in the postseason with a 1.80 ERA as the Phillies claimed their first championship since 1980. He won the first game in three playoff series and took the MVP award in the NL championship series against the Dodgers.
Hamels, who lives in Philadelphia year round, said he still gets goosebumps every time he watches the World Series highlights video and believes the roster is still good enough to contend for years.
“If I’m able to go out there and repeat, I think it’s just going to make it a really nice, sweet time for this baseball city,” Hamels said.
Reliever Ryan Madson, who was 4-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 76 games and finished the season as primary set-up man for perfect 48-48 closer Brad Lidge, reached agreement with the Phillies on a 3-year, $12M deal. AP Sports Writer Rob Maaddi outlines the deal with Madson and Phillies GM Amaro’s thoughts;
“Ryan has emerged as a quality setup reliever and big game pitcher,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. “We’re very happy that he will be part of our bullpen for at least another three years.”
The deal calls for Madson to receive a $1 million signing bonus, $2 million this season, $4.5 million in 2010 and $4.5 million in 2011. He would have been eligible for free agency after next season, and the deal is unusual because many of agent Scott Boras’ clients opt to become free agents before agreeing to long-term deals.
He can earn $1.5 million annually in performance bonuses if he becomes a closer: $150,000 each for 30, 35, 40 and 45 games finished; $200,000 each for 50 and 55, and $250,000 each for 60 and 65.
Victorino, originally a sixth-round draft pick of the Dodgers in 1999, hit .293 with 14 home runs, 58 RBI and 36 stolen bases in 146 games last season, his fourth with Philadelphia.
In addition, mid-season acquisition strarter Joe Blanton also came to terms with the club on a one-year deal worth $5.475 million. Blanton, it will be recalled, won 2 of his 3 post-season starts (the 3rd - a no-decision) and was the first pitcher in decades to homer in the World Series. AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum recalls the scene for Yahoo sports as Blanton homered amidst the Phils’ 10-2 World Series game 4 win;
Blanton shut his eyes, swung and became the first pitcher in 34 years to homer in the Series.
Still unsigned are power-hitting 1st baseman Ryan Howard, outfielder Jayson Werth who clubbed 24 homers, had 67 RBIs and hit .273 and reliever Chad Durbin — all potential arbitration cases. Howard is on record asking for $18 million in arbitration.