September 22, 2021

Cole Hamels, Braves reach 1-year, $18 million deal (ESPN)

Left-hander Cole Hamels signed a one-year, $18 million contract with the Atlanta Braves, the team announced Wednesday.

Hamels’ deal does not contain any no-trade protection, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Hamels joins a Braves rotation fronted by Mike Soroka and including Max Fried and Mike Foltynewicz. Two other members of the Braves’ 2019 rotation are free agents — right-hander Julio Teheran, after Atlanta declined his 2020 option, and left-hander Dallas Keuchel.

When healthy, Hamels was as good as anyone in the National League last season, but he was plagued by injuries. Before an oblique strain sent him to the injured list, his ERA hovered under 3.00 for the Chicago Cubs. In 10 starts for the Cubs after returning, Hamels compiled a 5.79 ERA. He was never the same, mostly because of his mechanics.

“Trying to correct things while I built up the arm strength was a recipe for disaster,” said Hamels, a four-time All-Star selection who will turn 36 on Dec. 27.

Even after the Cubs were out of the playoff race, Hamels wanted to take the mound to show teams he was healthy.


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