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Sport Hamels, Braves agree $18 million, 1-year deal

22:15  04 december  2019
22:15  04 december  2019 Source:   ap.org

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ATLANTA (AP) Left-hander Cole Hamels agreed to an $18 million, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, one of the more active teams of the offseason.

The acquisition of Cole Hamels certainly helped to minimize the Cubs’ starting rotation issue at least a little bit. Chicago scores a lot and has a whole lot of good arms in the back of the bullpen, but Hamels aside, the best ERA in the Chicago rotation is Jon Lester’s 3.53. That’s good, but not elite, and Kyle Hendricks is the only other arm with a sub-4 ERA. Jose Quintana and especially Tyler Chatwood have not lived up to expectations. In a short series, one of the guys closer to the back end of the rotation will likely need to find a way to win a game or two.© Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo The acquisition of Cole Hamels certainly helped to minimize the Cubs’ starting rotation issue at least a little bit. Chicago scores a lot and has a whole lot of good arms in the back of the bullpen, but Hamels aside, the best ERA in the Chicago rotation is Jon Lester’s 3.53. That’s good, but not elite, and Kyle Hendricks is the only other arm with a sub-4 ERA. Jose Quintana and especially Tyler Chatwood have not lived up to expectations. In a short series, one of the guys closer to the back end of the rotation will likely need to find a way to win a game or two.

The 35-year-old gives the Braves a veteran to replace Julio Teheran, who became a free agent after his team option was decline.

Braves sign d'Arnaud to 2-year, $16M deal

  Braves sign d'Arnaud to 2-year, $16M deal The Atlanta Braves have signed free-agent catcher Travis d'Arnaud to a two-year, $16-million contract, the club announced Sunday. D'Arnaud will make $8 million in each year of the deal. The 30-year-old found his groove this past season after being dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays in May following a brief five-day stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers. D'Arnaud started the 2019 campaign with the New York Mets, for whom he had played his entire MLB career, but was released May 3.He slashed .263/.323/.459 with 16 home runs and 67 RBIs in 92 games with the Rays and helped the club make the postseason.

Hamels spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, going 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 27 starts last season.

Hamels has 163 wins and a 3.42 ERA in 14 seasons. He began his career with Philadelphia, where he was a three-time All-Star in 10 seasons.

He finished fifth in the NL Cy Young Award voting for the Phillies in 2011, when he was 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA. He was 17-6 with a 3.05 ERA in 2012.

Atlanta has given left-handed reliever Will Smith, a possible closer, a $40 million,m three-year contract and added catcher Travis dArnaud for a $16 million, two-year deal.

Atlanta also has re-signed four players: outfielder Nick Markakis, catcher Tyler Flowers and relievers Darren O'Day and Chris Martin.

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