Cole Hamels is now a very, very, very rich man

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Cole Hamels is now a very, very, very rich man

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a 144 million, six-year contract that prevents the 2008 World Series MVP from becoming a free agent after the season. The deal includes a club vesting option for 2019 and a limited no-trade provision, the team announced Wednesday in a statement. A news conference is scheduled for noon before the game against Milwaukee. It's the largest contract signed by a Philadelphia athlete and second-highest for a pitcher behind the 161 million deal the New York Yankees gave CC Sabathia in December 2008. The deal was originally reported by FOXSports.com. The 28-year-old Hamels becomes the third Phillies starter making 20 million per season, joining Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. A three-time All-Star, Hamels passed up an opportunity to possibly get more money on the open market to stay with the team that drafted him in 2002. The lanky lefty is 11-4 with a 3.23 ERA this season. He's 85-58 with a 3.38 ERA in seven years in Philadelphia. Hamels has never won more than 15 games in a season, and his 2.79 ERA in 2011 was the only time he was under 3.06. Hamels reached the majors in 2006 after battling injuries in the minors. He went 15-5 with a 3.39 ERA in his first full season in 2007, establishing himself as the team's ace and helping the Phillies win the first of five consecutive NL East titles. He was the team's ace in 08 when he went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five postseason starts. Hamels was MVP of the NLCS against Los Angeles and helped the Phillies beat Tampa Bay in five games for their second World Series title in franchise history. Hamels struggled in 2009. He was just 10-11 with a 4.32 ERA that year, and pitched poorly in the postseason as the Phillies tried for a repeat. Hamels was passed over for veteran Pedro Martinez to start Game 2 of the World Series at hostile Yankee Stadium. Hamels then blew a 3-0 lead in a pivotal loss in Game 3, and New York took the series in six games. Following the additions of Halladay and Lee, Hamels went from ace to No. 3 starter. He began 2011 as the No. 4 starter behind Halladay, Lee and Roy Oswalt. There's no doubt that Hamels is the team's best pitcher this season -- and now richest, too. Halladay is 4-5 and Lee is 1-6.

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Report: Stork to report to Redskins over the weekend

Report: Stork to report to Redskins over the weekend

It looks like Brian Stork will play for the Redskins after all. 

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media Stork, who was acquired from the Patriots yesterday, will report to Redskins Park this weekend to get to work with the team.

Shortly after the deal for Stork was reported on Wednesday word came out that the third-year center and guard would retire. It appears that he reconsidered overnight and will join the Redskins. 

Stork, 6-4, 315, started 15 games as a rookie including the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Seahawks. Last year, however, he missed the first seven games of the season with a concussion but he did start eight games, including two in the playoffs.

Just what Stork’s role in Washington will be remains to be seen. Speaking to the media today after a practice at Joint Base Andrews outside of Washington, Jay Gruden spoke of Stork as a depth addition. That may be true but he also could get a shot at displacing incumbent center Kory Lichtensteiger, who is 31 and coming off of a season where he missed 11 games with a neck and shoulder injury. 

For his part, Stork has not been a model of durability during his two NFL seasons, missing 10 games due to injures including the seven with the concussion noted above. 

The situation will sort itself out over the coming days and weeks. The only thing we know now is that Stork is likely to report and that alone makes their line better and deeper.

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Bullpen movement continues:Orioles swap out Bridwell for Ondrusek

Bullpen movement continues:Orioles swap out Bridwell for Ondrusek

Continuing to actively move relief pitchers, the Orioles swapped out Parker Bridwell for Logan Ondrusek on Thursday. 

Bridwell, who had been with the Orioles since Sunday, and allowed five runs in 3 1/3 innings in two appearances, returns to Triple-A Norfolk, and Ondrusek, who was signed as a free agent on July 29, was recalled from Bowie.

In six games, Ondrusek allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings for a 6.75 ERA before he was sent to the Baysox on Aug. 11.

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The right-handed Ondrusek, who was touted for his ability to retire left-handed batters, struggled against lefties with the Orioles. They were 4-for-8 against him with a home run two walks while right-handers were 1-for-11.

In three games with the Bowie, Ondrusek has a 6.75 ERA. 

Bridwell allowed a grand slam home run to Daniel Murphy in the ninth inning of Wednesday night’s game against Washington, and manager Buck Showalter indicated that Bridwell would probably be sent down for a fresh arm. 

With Ubaldo Jimenez starting against the Nationals on Thursday night, Showalter wants relievers who can give him multiple innings, if needed.

NOTE: Juan Bell, who was acquired by the Orioles in the trade that sent Eddie Murray to the Los Angeles Dodgers, died on Wednesday at 46 of kidney failure in the Dominican Republic.

The infielder batted .167 in 113 games for the Orioles from 1989-91. Bell also played for Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Montreal and Boston. He was the brother of Toronto Blue Jays slugger George Bell.

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Nationals prospect report: Minor league season wrapping up

Nationals prospect report: Minor league season wrapping up

Triple-A Syracuse

Lucas Giolito - RHP

Giolito pitched one inning in his last start (8/23) and struck out two batters. He'll be in DC this weekend - whether it's as a starter or reliever remains to be seen. 

Austin Voth - RHP

Voth was better this week, although walks continue to be an issue. He went six innings while allowing two runs on six hits in his last start (8/20) while also walking three and striking out seven. After a quick rise through the system, he stalled out at Triple-A a bit. Can't imagine he'd be a September call-up candidate at this point. 

Mat Latos - RHP

Here's a name that hasn't been around in a while. Latos has a 0.82 ERA over 11 innings pitched, which is purely anecdotal at this point. Still, that's what Mat Latos has been up to. 

Double-A Harrisburg

Jose Marmolejos  - 1B

Marmolejos keeps hitting. He's hitting .342 over his last 10 games to raise his season average to .295. He hasn't quite shown the power he did in Potomac, but he's only played 21 games in Harrisburg. 

Eric Fedde - RHP

In his last start against Richmond, Fedde got knocked around, giving up three earned runs on nine hits while walking and striking out three. In 16.1 innings pitched at Double-A, Fedde has an ERA over 6. Adjustment time! 

Single-A Potomac

Victor Robles - OF

Potomac has not been kind to Robles. He's hitting .179 over the last 10 games and .214 as a whole in Single-A. He'll start the season there next year.