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Cole Hamels, Phils avoid arbitration

Updated: January 18, 2012, 1:00 AM ET
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PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels got one big raise. He'll have to wait for another one.

Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed on a $15 million, one-year contract Tuesday, avoiding arbitration. The 2008 World Series MVP is eligible for free agency after the season and could be in line to get at least a $100 million deal.

Hamels' salary is the highest ever for any arbitration-eligible pitcher before being eligible for free agency. In 2005, Roger Clemens accepted arbitration ...

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