Cole Hamels Signs 1-Year, $18 Million Deal

Tanya Simon
December 6, 2019

Atlanta has given left-handed reliever Will Smith, a possible closer, a $40 million, three-year contract and added catcher Travis d'Arnaud for a $16 million, two-year deal.

In 2018, he had a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts after being traded from Texas.

The Braves' payroll for next season now sits around $130 million or so.

Hamels, who turns 36 on December 27, joins a rotation that has Mike Soroka, Max Fried, Mike Foltynewicz and lefty Sean Newcomb, who was in the rotation in 2018 and changed to a relief role in 2019 to help settle a chaotic bullpen that used five different closers. He was 17-6 with a 3.05 ERA in 2012. Hamels, 35, had a 3.81 ERA with 142 strikeouts in 141 2/3 innings last season with the Cubs. An oblique injury slowed him down in the second half of 2019, but before the injury struck he owned a 2.98 ERA and.658 OPS against. Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos has been busy and bold in his work, landing more free agents in the first weeks of the signing period than any other team.

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Hamels will be 36-years-old in 2020.

Hamels was then even better in 2008, as he went 14-10 with a 3.09 ERA and gave up 193 hits while registering 196 strikeouts through 227 1/3 innings.

A year ago, the Phillies were offseason-aggressive, picking up Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, David Robertson, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura.

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