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Cole Hamels: 7 Massive Effects of Not Re-Signing with Philadelphia Phillies

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Cole Hamels: 7 Massive Effects of Not Re-Signing with Philadelphia Phillies
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The Philadelphia Phillies and Cole Hamels began contract negotiations before the season began, and they have not been able to come to an agreement about a new deal for Hamels as he gets closer and closer to becoming a free agent.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports now believes that it would be an "upset" if Hamels wound up in a Phillies jersey next season. The Phillies are likely going to continue working to re-sign Hamels, but they may end up seeing him sign somewhere else.

Losing a pitcher of Hamels' caliber always has major implications. The Phillies will certainly be affected, and there will also be a ripple effect throughout the National League East. Whichever team signs Hamels will immediately improve and could turn themselves into division or World Series favorites. 

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