The Dodgers are signing free-agent lefty Cole Hamels reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (via Twitter) and Mike DiGiovanna. The 37-year-old Hamels recently held a widely attended showcase for clubs and will give the Dodgers another option in the rotation once he builds up to game readiness. Hamels is represented by JBA Sports.
Hamels’ 2020 season with the Braves was wiped out by a series of triceps and shoulder issues. Signed to a one-year, $18MM contract in December 2019, Hamels would only throw 3 1/3 innings during his time with Atlanta. A quiet offseason ensued, with Hamels waiting until his shoulder was back to 100 percent before auditioning for clubs. That might’ve taken longer than initially anticipated, but the lefty drew scouts from upwards of 20 teams last month.
He holds a career 3.43 ERA, 3.68 FIP and 51.6 WAR in 422 starts and one relief appearance. In 2,698 innings pitched, Hamels has struck out 8.54 batters per nine and walked 2.56 per nine.
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