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Reports: Contract Negotiations With Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Cole Hamels Heating Up

After the season, Cole Hamels is slated to begin a free agent, and early reports have Hamels earning well over nine figures. The Philadelphia Phillies recently signed Hamels to a one-year, $15 million deal, avoiding arbitration for the 2012 season, but unless a long-term deal is worked out before the end of the season, Hamels will hit free agency.

GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. met with Hamels’ agent once already and plans to do so again soon, according to CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury. Hamels is just 28 years old, a lefty, and he has a World Series ring to go with six strong major league seasons, so he will likely be the top pitcher on next year’s free agent market if the Phillies don’t lock him up.