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Cole Hamels has received interest from 14 teams

Cole Hamels, Brewers

Free-agent left-handed starting pitcher Cole Hamels has received interest from 14 teams, according to Jayson Stark of The Athletic.

Stark reports that Hamels is seeking either a one-year deal at a high salary or a two-year pact north of what New York Yankees lefty J.A. Happ has remaining on his deal (two years, $34 million).

Stark mentions that the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres have been linked to Hamels and also notes that the veteran has plenty of other logical fits.

Hamels spent the 2019 campaign with the Chicago Cubs, going 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA while allowing 141 hits and striking out 143 batters over 141.1 innings of work. It should be noted that he battled an oblique strain during the year, which limited his workload.

The 35-year-old was originally selected by the Phillies in the first round (17th pick overall) of the 2002 MLB Draft.

He made his big-league debut in 2006, going 9-8 with a 4.08 ERA and surrendering 117 hits while fanning 145 hitters across 132.1 frames. Hamels then broke out the following year, going 15-5 with a 3.39 ERA, giving up just 163 hits and registering 177 punchouts through 183.1 innings en route to his first All-Star selection.

The next season, Hamels went 14-10 with a 3.09 ERA and was a driving force in Philadelphia’s run to a World Series title, earning World Series MVP honors in the process.

He spent the first nine-and-a-half years of his career with the Phils, making three All-Star teams before being dealt to the Texas Rangers in July 2015.

Hamels proceeded to spend parts of four seasons in Texas, notching an All-Star selection in 2016. The Rangers traded him to the Cubs in July 2018.

The San Diego native has gone 163-121 with a 3.42 ERA while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings over the course of his career.