Report: Hamels Agrees To 1-Year Deal With Braves

Cole Hamels had been on the White Sox's radar in free agency.

670 The Score Staff
December 04, 2019 - 11:25 am

(670 The Score) A former Cubs pitcher who was also a target of the White Sox is off the market.

Left-hander Cole Hamels has agreed to a one-year, $18-million deal with the Braves, Jeff Passan of ESPN reported Wednesday. Hamels pitched for the Cubs for the past one-and-a-half seasons and recently revealed that the White Sox had expressed interest in him this offseason.

Hamels, who turns 36 in late December, was 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 27 starts for the Cubs in 2019. The Cubs acquired him from the Rangers ahead of the trade deadline in July 2018.

The White Sox had reached out to Hamels' representation recently to express their interest in him while also explaining that they had other targets ahead of him on their priority list.

"They have reached out," Hamels told the White Sox Talk Podcast of NBC Sports Chicago. "That was great to be able to hear. I know with the few guys that they've signed, I think that was kind of their focus. When they did talk to my agent, it was, 'Hey, we're putting something together. We have a few guys that we want to try to get first,' which I think that's what they've been doing, 'but we really have some good interest and would like to talk further down the line.' And I think that's always really good to see."