All-Star pitcher Cole Hamels is staying with the Philadelphia Phillies under a $144 million, six-year contract extension, while Hanley Ramirez joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as the centerpiece of a four-player trade with the Miami Marlins.
Hamels’s extension runs through 2018, the Phillies said in a statement, and is the second-most lucrative for a pitcher in Major League Baseball history, behind CC Sabathia’s $161 million, seven-year deal with the New York Yankees.
Ramirez, a three-time All-Star and former batting champion who moved to third base from shortstop this season, joins a Dodgers’ team that’s has a 53-45 record while scoring the sixth-fewest runs in baseball. Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier are the only Dodgers with more than seven home runs. Ramirez has 14.
“The addition of a hitter the caliber of Hanley Ramirez improves our lineup from top to bottom, inserting a proven run producer to go along with Matt and Andre,” Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said in a statement. “We’re excited for Hanley to begin a new chapter in Los Angeles.”
Hamels, a 28-year-old left-hander, has spent his entire seven-year career in Philadelphia and compiled an 85-58 record with a 3.38 earned run average. The Most Valuable Player of the Phillies’ World Series win in 2008, Hamels is 11-4 this season with a 3.23 ERA in 19 starts.
The Phillies are 43-54 after making the playoffs the past five seasons and reaching two World Series. They have committed $356.5 million to pitchers Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay and Hamels and first baseman Ryan Howard through the 2018 season. Hamels will have the same annual salary as Lee, who has a five-year, $120 million contract with the Phillies.
Ramirez, 28, joins the Dodgers along with left-handed relief pitcher Randy Choate for starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and minor-league pitcher Scott McGough.
Ramirez, the 2009 NL batting champion and 2006 NL rookie of the year, is hitting .246 with 47 runs batted in this season. A career .300 hitter, Ramirez batted a career-low .243 last season, when he missed two months with a shoulder injury that required surgery.
Ramirez has three years left on a six-year deal that is set to pay him $15 million this season, $15 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014. He may take over at shortstop in Los Angeles until Dee Gordon returns from the disabled list in a month and then move to third base.
The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired pitcher Wandy Rodriguez from the Houston Astros today for three minor-league prospects as they seek a postseason berth for the first time since 1992.
Rodriguez, a 33-year-old left-hander, has a 7-9 record with a 3.79 earned run average in 21 starts this season. The Astros have the worst record in the majors, 34-64.
The Pirates are in second place in the NL Central Division with a 54-42 record, 2 1/2 games behind the Cincinnati Reds. Pittsburgh has had 20 straight losing seasons since making the NL Championship Series from 1990 through 1992.
The MLB trade deadline is July 31.