By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Atlanta Braves have signed free agent pitcher Cole Hamels on Wednesday. He agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal.
Hamels has said that he would be interested in returning to the Philadelphia Phillies one day. However, now, he’ll just be an arch rival as long as he’s wearing that Braves uniform.
The Phillies and Braves are part of the NL East. The Braves won the Division in 2019, while the Washington Nationals won the Wild Card.
The Phillies are considered to be in the market for pitchers. But Hamels will no longer be one of those pitchers that they’re interested in adding to their roster.
It appears like the Phillies would not play ball with the near $20 million price tag for one season.
“I know Philly is finally trying to make that push,” Hamels told MLB.com. “They’re building their roster. If I fit on their roster and their plans, I’d love the opportunity to come back. It’s probably more on their end, though, to reach out and see if I actually do fit in their plans. It would be difficult for me to say, ‘Hey, I want to play there, can you guys make it happen?’ But I’m always willing to play for that team and city and attempt to win a World Series.
“That’s where I am right now. I just want to have the opportunity to get to the postseason, just so that I can try to win.”
The 35-year-old left-handed pitcher went 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA last season with the Chicago Cubs.