On the morning after a loss to the Houston Astros, the Dodgers are rumored to be close to signing former Cy Young Award contending pitcher, Cole Hamels, according to Jon Heyman.
Hamels is 37 years old and was recently rumored to be headed to the Phillies, but with his Southern California roots playing for Rancho Bernardo High School, it’s understandable why Hamels might have had a change of heart. The Dodgers were one of the teams reported to be at his showcase earlier this month.
Hamels has pitched for the Phillies, Cubs, Texas and the Braves and has a 163-122 record with 3.43 ERA. The Dodgers have lost their off-season acquisition Trevor Bauer to off the field issues and Clayton Kershaw is dealing with arm issues that the team and Kershaw seem to be taking slowly.
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The latest update is that not only are the Dodgers interested, but they have signed Hamels to a free agent deal. The LA Times’ Mike DiGiovanna tweets that Hamels signed a deal and will head to Arizona to build up arm strength.
Hamels will be another arm available to Dave Roberts as the team struggles through starter health. In addition to Kershaw’s injury, Tony Gonsolin also remains a mystery in 2021. Having a veteran available with his playoff experience will only play up down the stretch.
With the current addition of Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer and All-Star shortstop, Trea Turner, there are definitely a lot of changes and adjustments for the team to make this final push towards the playoffs.
Now, what can we do about the offense?