Dodgers closing in on Cole Hamels deal
Breaking: Dodgers closing in on a deal for Cole Hamels
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 4, 2021
Hamels recently pitched in front of a number of teams at a private showcase and quickly proved that he’s still a valuable asset at 37-years-old. The Dodgers have taken notice and are the favorites to sign the lefty.
Hamels last pitched in the big leagues for the Atlanta Braves in 2020 but threw just 3.1 innings due to various shoulder and triceps issues. He’s been waiting for his injuries to heal and proceeded to give it a go at returning to the majors.
Adding Hamels to the fold in LA undoubtedly makes them even stronger. After acquiring Max Scherzer at the deadline, Hamels gives the Dodgers another reliable arm in their rotation who can also pitch out of the bullpen if needed.
However, it would probably take him some time before he actually steps on a mound at the MLB level. Keep in mind, he’s barely pitched over the course of the last year, which means the Dodgers would likely send him on some rehab assignments before calling him up to the show. With that being said, Hamels could be a nice addition in LA’s playoff push towards the end of August/start of September, with the San Francisco Giants still leading the NL West.