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Phils Not Ready To Talk Extension With Hamels

Phillies GM Pat Gillick isn't talking about a contract extension with ace pitcher Cole Hamels at present.  It seems that he first wants to see more healthy work from Hamels; Gillick expects to talk to him "at some point."  Things could change, as this is Gillick's last season as the team's GM.

Hamels called the Phillies' $500K renewal a "low blow" back in March.  Jayson Stark noted in April that Hamels' agent, John Boggs, isn't one to hand out club options for free agent years.

Hamels won't be arbitration-eligible until the 2010 season.  Scott Kazmir may have raised the bar for the three arb years of a young ace.  Typically those three years were going for $13.75MM, but Kazmir will earn almost $18MM.


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