Atlanta Braves: Active in Free Agency!


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

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.

Young Guns

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!

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