The Los Angeles Dodgers are close to signing veteran left-hander Cole Hamels on Wednesday, according to a report by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.
The club did not confirm the report.
The 37-year-old Hamels only trained with Heyman in mid-July. for scouts Report last month that 20 teams took part in a showcase and a “handful” then spoke out in favor of open communication. The Philadelphia Phillies had planned to “reconsider” Hamels earlier this week, but it appears that these sides failed to reach an agreement.
Hamels went unsigned after left triceps tendonitis and shoulder fatigue limited the four-time All-Star to just one start and 3 1/3 innings of work at the Atlanta Braves last season. At the Chicago Cubs in 2019, Hamels went 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA and 143 strikeouts from a total of 27 starts.
Originally from San Diego and 2008 World Series MVP Hamels, nicknamed “Hollywood” at the beginning of his career with the Phillies and Texas Rangers, joined an experienced pitching team that included the newly acquired Max Scherzer, David Price and finally Clayton Kershaw belong.