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January 17, 2012

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Cgravines

My guess is that the Hamels camp and the Phillies camp were too far apart to ink a multiyear deal. They obviously want the talks to continue on a healthy level, and arbitration might put a rift between the two. It is clear that Hamels and the Phillies want to both stay together. Signing a one year extension gives them another year to work things out peacefully in the best interest of both parties.

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