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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Cole Hamels gets $1 million from Dodgers to throw 0 innings

The Los Angeles Dodgers were hoping MLB veteran Cole Hamels could provide some help in their rotation down the stretch. Instead, they were only left with the bill.

The team announced Monday that it had placed Hamels on the 60-day injured list, effectively ending his season. According to’s Juan Toribio, Hamels experienced arm pain during a simulated inning on Monday.

The injury creates some question of whether Hamels will appear in another MLB game. He missed nearly all of the 2020 season with a shoulder injury, pitching only 3.1 innings in one start on a one-year, $18 million contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Hamels attempted to mount an MLB comeback earlier this year and had a number of teams intrigued, but ultimately signed with the Dodgers for $1 million. He wasn’t expected to contribute to the team immediately as he required some stretching out, but the team was certainly hoping for some help by the time September rolled around.

It’s unclear if the Dodgers had any sort of insurance on Hamels’ contract that could mitigate the payment they owe him. Obviously, this is the risk teams take on when they sign 37-year-old pitchers who have appeared in one game over the past two seasons, and it’s hard to blame Hamels for taking the money that teams give him.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2021 at 12:46 PM | 34 comment(s)
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Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Dodgers, Cole Hamels reportedly close to deal as L.A. adds rotation depth

The Los Angeles Dodgers are closing in on deal with veteran free agent left-hander Cole Hamels, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports. Hamels, now 37, made only one start last season with the Braves because of triceps tendinitis followed by shoulder fatigue. After his one-year contract with Atlanta expired, he went unsigned this past winter.

In 2019 with the Cubs, Hamels pitched to a 3.81 ERA and 2.55 K/BB ratio in 141 2/3 innings. For his career, Hamels has 163 wins and an ERA+ of 123 across parts of 15 MLB seasons.

Because of his age and recent injury concerns, Hamels went unsigned this past offseason. He then held a showcase for interested teams in the middle of July, and the Dodgers have reportedly emerged from that fray as the landing spot.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2021 at 11:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
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