8:49pm: Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he remains in contact with Hamels' agent, John Boggs, as free agency approaches, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer (via Twitter). While the two sides are keeping dialogue open, they have yet to set any deadlines or target dates in their discussions.
"It's been pretty open. We've kept it open. We haven't made any timelines. I haven't gotten any from them," said the GM.
Hamels is set to be one of the top talents on the open market this winter and at least one team inquired about the hurler early in the year as the Phillies struggled. The Phillies currently sit at 21-21 and at the bottom of the National League East.