The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly poised to sign veteran pitcher Cole Hamels to a one-year contract. Reports state the deal pays $1 million for the season and $200 thousand per start to the former all-star lefty. Hamels has not played since the 2020 season when he was with the Atlanta Braves. He only pitched in one game in 2020 and allowed three earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. But this does not tell the story of Hamels’ career.
Cole Hamels has been an all-star three times in his 15-year career. The 37-year-old native Californian has pitched to a 3.43 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and averaged 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings throughout his career. Even better, Hamels has only averaged 2.6 walks per nine innings. Before signing with the Dodgers, Hamels played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, and the Braves. Hamels will need to spend time at the Dodgers spring facility in Arizona prior to joining the team.
Dodgers Reportedly Sign Cole Hamels
The Dodgers have been adding to their rotation for the past week. Max Scherzer, Danny Duffy, and now Cole Hamels are joining the Dodgers. It is unknown whether or not Duffy will remain a starter, which he has been throughout the season, or if he will join the bullpen. But the addition of Hamels gives the Dodgers more flexibility regardless of where Duffy plays. Hamels has been a starter throughout his entire career, with only one game as a reliever.
The Dodgers already have a rotation with Walker Buehler, Max Scherzer, and Julio Urias. Clayton Kershaw is expected to rejoin the rotation soon, but he was wearing a sleeve on his left arm during last night’s game against the Houston Astros. Trevor Bauer may or may not rejoin the staff this season, depending on sexual assault allegations. There are no pending charges against Bauer, but Pasadena police are still investigating the allegations.
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