The Atlanta Braves are active this free agency! They have already added catcher, Travis d’Arnaud, and relief pitcher, Will Smith. Today the Atlanta Braves added a starting pitcher to their rotation!
Cole Hamels finished the 2019 season with a 7-7 record and a 3.81 ERA in 27 starts for the Chicago Cubs. Hamels tossed 141 2/3 innings, averaging 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings to go along with 3.6 walks per nine. The left-handed pitcher, Hamels, turns 36 later this month, and this is the first free agency deal of his career.
The Braves signed the veteran, Hamels, to a one year $18 million deal. This contract was possible because the Chicago Cubs declined to offer Hamels a $17.8 million qualifying offer this offseason.
Cole Hamels is a four-time All-Star who had an injury-plagued 2019. Because of an oblique injury, Hamels missed the entire month of July. However, upon his return from the IR, Cole Hamels, was unable to return to his pre-injury dominance. Hamels had a 5.79 ERA over 42 innings after the oblique injury, compared to a 2.98 ERA over 99 2/3 innings before the injury.
The Braves are not getting 2008, Cole Hamels, in which Hamels was the World Series MVP. However, the Atlanta Braves do get a reliable option on the mound. Hamels’ has posted sub 4 ERAS over his past two seasons while striking out over 23% of the batters he’s faced. The veteran, Hamels, will join Mike Soroka, Mike Foltynewicz, and Max Fried, giving the Braves a veteran presence that could be the key to a long postseason run.
The Atlanta Braves young staff, outside of Hamels, may not be the staff of the ’90s, but these young guns are primed for another run at a divisional title, which will be the third in a row, and perhaps a World Series. Chop on!