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Sources: Hamels deal has obstacles

Updated: July 24, 2012, 8:16 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies and Cole Hamels' agent, John Boggs, continued to work Tuesday toward a contract extension that would keep Hamels off this month's trade market and next winter's free-agent market.

But significant obstacles remain that could prevent the sides from agreeing on a deal before next week's trading deadline, according to industry sources who have spoken with both sides.

The Phillies are still telling other clubs they're optimistic about getting ...

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