The contract? $144 million for 6 years, which would make Cole the second highest paid pitcher in MLB history (probably behind God himself). Despite the large sum of money, which the Phillies have thanks to selling out every game the last several years, I like this move because Hamels deserved it and it shows Ruben Amaro and the front office aren't ready to give up on the season just yet. They aren't sellers for now -there's still a week before the trade deadline- but they shouldn't write off this team just due to a subpar first half of the year. They can easily go on a tear at any moment. They're healthy, and know they're better than their record indicates; the Phillies will certainly try to prove that by October.