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Sources: Cole Hamels talks intensify

Updated: July 21, 2012, 1:31 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies and Cole Hamels' agent, John Boggs, have picked up the pace of contract discussions in recent days, sources said, and those intensified talks are an indication the Phillies have started a major push to sign Hamels before the July 31 trade deadline.

Meanwhile, clubs that have been speaking with the Phillies say the team has essentially put trade talks on hold and have been much more focused on signing the 28-year-old left-hander than on ...

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