According to Robert Murray, the San Diego Padres are adding Cole Hamels on a minor league deal.
Free-agent pitcher Cole Hamels and the San Diego Padres are in agreement on a minor-league contract, according to a source familiar with the deal.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) February 16, 2023
Hamels hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2020 when he was with the Atlanta Braves. The 39-year-old signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021 but then was put on the 60-day IL to end his season that August after throwing an inning in a simulated game at Dodger Stadium.
Hamels attended Rancho Bernardo High School before being selected in the first round of the 2002 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He ended up with four top ten Cy Young finishes in an eight year span (2007-2014) and has pitched at least 200 innings in eight seasons.
According to Kevin Acee, Hamels will earn $2 million if he’s on the major league roster. He joins Jay Groome, Brent Honeywell, Reiss Knehr, Ryan Weathers, Julio Teheran, Wilmer Font and Adrian Morejon as some starting pitching depth options for the Padres this spring (beyond the six man rotation).
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