Cole Hamels is Heading to Atlanta
Though it hasn’t been officially announced by the team, Cole Hamels and the Atlanta Braves have reportedly reached a one-year, $18 million deal. The deal is pending a physical – which is probably a good idea since Hamels had a strained oblique plaguing him during the second half of the 2019 season. Injury or not, Hamels finished the season with he Cubs with a respectable 3.81 ERA over 21 starts, with 7 wins and 7 losses.
Hamels will be 36 at the end of December, but is still one of the better pitchers that hit the free agent market after the season ended. Some of his resume highlights include:
- World Series Champion with the Phillies in 2008
- Four time All Star
- Finished in the top ten (actually top eight) for Cy Young voting in 2007, 2011, 2012, 2014
- Lifetime ERA of 3.42
- Currently sits at number 32 in the all time strikeout leader list with 2,558 Ks
The Braves handily won the NL East last season, but fell to the Cardinals in the NLDS. With their eyes on 2020, the veteran Hamels will join young pitchers like Mike Soroka, Max Fried, and Mike Foltynewicz. The Braves are replacing two starters lost to free agency after 2019 – Julio Teheran and Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel was also one of the better arms on the free agent market last year, but didn’t find a home until June. Rumors of where he’ll land this year are already swirling, but without any concrete info, that’s all they are for now – rumors.