The Dodgers are making things official with Cole Hamels today. Just a few hours after the report came out that they were signing the free agent, Hamels is being added to the 40-man roster. He will not immediately join the team, but he’s in the organization now.
Hamels was signed by the Dodgers to a $1 million deal for the season that includes incentive bonuses per start. The 37-year-old veteran has not pitched in the big leagues since starting just 1 game for the Braves in 2020.
In order to make room for Hamels on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated RHP Yefry Ramirez for assignment. Ramirez appeared for Los Angeles just once on Sunday and tossed 2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 4, 2021
Hamels will reportedly not be ready to join up with the team for another 4 weeks. That means that the Dodgers wouldn’t start using him until the playoff push, which would be ideal timing for them to get guys rested. Walker Buehler and Julio Urias are 2 arms that they probably want to give a break the closer to October that we get.
The good news is that despite his age, Hamels had a productive year as recently as 2019. If he can eat up some starts for the Dodgers and take pressure off of an overworked pitching staff, he will be well worth the money and the roster spot.
Hamels’ contract with the Braves last year was for $18 million before the shortened season changed up the pay.