Published: Fri, December 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Braves sign Cole Hamels to one year deal worth $18M

Braves sign Cole Hamels to one year deal worth $18M

He was traded to the Texas Rangers midway through the 2015 campaign, and in 2016, he earned another All-Star appearance with the Rangers after going 15-5 with a 3.32 ERA.

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal with Cole Hamels.

Reportedly, up to six teams were interested in Hamels late last night but he has made a decision to ink with the Braves. Hamels threw a total of 141.2 innings a year ago - his lowest total since 2015 - and lost velocity on his fastball, but still posted an ERA of 3.81 in 27 starts. 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.

The 35-year-old gives the Braves a veteran to replace Julio Teheran, who became a free agent after his $12 million team option was declined.

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Hamels joins Mike Soroka, 22, Max Fried, 25 and Mike Foltynewicz, 28, as the Braves'probable top four starters.

In 34 career starts against the Mets, Hamels is 9-14 with a 3.89 ERA and 218 strikeouts in 212 2/3 innings.

Earlier this season, it was reported that the former MVP of the Phillies World Series was open to returning to Philadelphia and that the Phillies had some interest, but the team is clearly focusing on a younger and longer-term upgrade for the star rotation - probably with Zack Wheeler.

The Nationals and other NL East opponents will once again have to go through two left-handers in the Braves rotation.

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