The Los Angeles Dodgers were one of at least 20 MLB teams in attendance for free agent LHP, Cole Hamels’ showcase Friday. We discuss if the Dodgers should sign the former World Series MVP and why even if they add the veteran pitcher they should also look to trade for a frontline, impact starter to fortify the Dodgers starting rotation.
Plus, ESPN MLB Senior Writer, Buster Olney says he would be ‘in shock’ if the Dodgers aren’t interested in Cole Hamels.
We talked a bit about Hamels last week. The veteran left hander made only one start for the Braves in 2020 while dealing with the injury bug. However, over his career, he’s been one of the better innings eaters in baseball. Across 15 big league seasons, Hamels has a record of 163-122 with a 3.43 ERA in nearly 2,700 innings.
He’d surely be a fine addition to a rotation that has had to throw a lot of innings while covering for a season-ending injury (Dustin May), and a player missing at least a month and half if not the whole season due to assault charges (Trevor Bauer). Notably, Cole Hamels would also need time to build up and get up to speed after signing a deal.
So with that, maybe it would be a better play for Andrew Friedman to look a bit bigger than just innings at the deadline.