Originally written on Philliedelphia  |  Last updated 7/24/12
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According to the New York Post's Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1), the Phillies have elevated their offerings to left hander Cole Hamels to $140 million. Although the offer is close to Hamels' asking price, Hamels has not yet said yes to it. Hamels is 11-4 with a 3.23 ERA in 19 starts this season, the last of his contract with Philadelphia. The lefthander has been in the Phillies' organization since being drafted in 2003 and has been with the major league club since his debut in 2006. With a career record of 85-58 and a career 3.38 ERA and 1.18 WHIP a World Series ring and MVP title under his belt, Hamels has grown into one of the most dominant pitchers in the game. If Hamels still refuses $140 million, it only increases the likelihood of him being traded within the next seven days. Follow Erik on Twitter @ErikSeyboldPHI.
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