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Performing a Stats vs. Contract Analysis for Every $100 Million Pitcher
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Cole Hamels should be smiling for the next six years with the Phillies.

Cole Hamels joined some exclusive company when he agreed to a six-year, $144 million contract extension with the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. 

The $144 million is the second-richest contract ever given to a pitcher, trailing only the $161 million deal CC Sabathia received from the New York Yankees in 2009. Hamels also became the eighth pitcher in baseball history to sign a contract worth at least $100 million in total value. 

But a big $100 million contract doesn't guarantee 20-win seasons, Cy Young Awards and World Series championships for the teams that hand out those deals. In a few instances, those agreements backfired spectacularly. 

The $100 million seal was broken in 1999 when the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Kevin Brown. Let's take a look at his contract and the seven other $100 million deals that have been awarded to pitchers since then. How did they end up working out and which turned out to be the best value? 

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