Chicago Cubs Rumors: Cole Hamels Contract Could Expedite Matt Garza Trade

January 18, 2012 by  

Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a one-year, $15 million contract Tuesday, a deal that moved Hamels one step closer to free agency at the end of the 2012 World Series.

Though the Chicago Cubs signed six arbitration-eligible players to contracts Tuesday, for Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Matt Garza, the Hamels deal may have been the biggest one of the day.

The pact between Philadelphia and its youngest co-ace does not preclude further contract extension negotiations. Hamels ...

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