Cole Hamels was hopeful for one last shot to pitch in the majors. As it turns out, the San Diego native will get that opportunity with the Padres.
Robert Murray of FanSided was the first to report that Hamels has signed a minor-league deal with the Padres, one that will include an invite to Major League Spring Training.
Audacy MLB Insider Jon Heyman reported last month that Hamels had hit between 88 and 91 mph in a throwing session, with one person on hand remarking that the 39-year-old look "insanely good."
Earlier this offseason, Hamels revealed to Dan Gelston of The Associated Press that he had procedures done on his left shoulder, left foot and right knee during the 2022 season, when he didn't attempt to pitch. This came after injuries derailed his brief tenures with both the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations in the two prior seasons.
The last time that Hamels pitched extensively came in 2019, when he posted a 3.81 ERA and 4.09 FIP across 141 2/3 innings pitched for the Chicago Cubs.
Of course, Hamels was a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2002 MLB Draft, and spent the first nine-and-a-half seasons of his career with the franchise. Hamels was one of the key cogs in a team that won five consecutive NL East titles between 2007 and 2011, and took home both the NLCS and World Series MVPs in 2008.
In a 15-year career that also saw him make 88 starts with the Texas Rangers, Hamels is 163-122 with a 3.43 ERA and 3.68 FIP over 2,698 innings pitched.
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