Four-time All-Star Cole Hamels inked a one-year, $18 million deal with the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. Hamels gives manager Brian Snitker a seasoned veteran and a proven contender in his starting rotation.
The 35-year old spent the last year and a half with the Chicago Cubs, compiling a 3.81 ERA while going 7-7 in 141.2 innings last season. Hamels posted a 2.98 ERA before the All-Star break in 99.2 innings pitched. Injuries hampered his production in the second half of the season, as he tossed just 42 innings and posted a 5.79 ERA.
There’s no questioning that Hamels has been one of the most reliable pitchers in the majors across his 14-year career in which he owns a 3.42 ERA. With Julio Teheran and Dallas Keuchel both free agents, it was necessary for general manger Alex Anthopoulos to bring in an experienced starting pitcher. Hamels brings production and will also help mentor the young arms in their rotation such as Mike Soroka, Max Fried, and Mike Foltynewicz.
Hamels Gives the Braves a Solid Lefty
Until Atlanta signed Keuchel in early June of last season, they didn’t have any lefties in their rotation. Keuchel did a relatively decent job once he arrived at SunTrust…