Smoke Building Around Cole Hamels and the White Sox
While important to note here is that Cole Hamels talking to Chuck Garfien on a podcast doesn’t mean that a signing is imminent, it certainly adds another point of speculation.
Cole Hamels may end up staying in Chicago after all. After not receiving a qualifying offer from the Chicago Cubs, Hamels, who will be 36 on Opening Day 2020, is currently on the market.
It seems as if the White Sox are considering taking a chance on the veteran hurler, according to this tweet from Daniel Greenberg who cites NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan:
David Kaplan also took to Twitter a few hours after teasing White Sox fans with this tweet by letting everyone know that Cole Hamels joined Chuck Garfien on the latest White Sox Talk Podcast.
While important to note here is that Cole Hamels talking to Chuck Garfien on a podcast doesn’t mean that a signing is imminent, it certainly adds another point of speculation. Is a deal in the works? Is Hamels trying to cozy up to the White Sox organization in hopes of receiving an offer?
Seemingly the only knock on Hamels at this point in his career is his age. Going into his age 36 season, it is hard to imagine teams are lining up to sign Hamels at the moment, especially with names like Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler, and Madison Bumgarner available.
While you can write Lucas Giolito in permanent ink and likely pencil in Reynaldo Lopez, Dylan Cease, and Michael Kopech (should he start the year in the majors) into the starting rotation, adding two established names to the rotation would provide the White Sox with starting pitching depth they haven’t seen in years. Hamels is coming off a 7-7 season with the Cubs, in which he threw 141.2 innings and struck out 143 hitters while posting a 3.81 ERA. He would certainly be an upgrade in a White Sox rotation that featured the likes of Dylan Covey, Manny Banuelos, Ervin Santana, Hector Santiago, and Odrisamer Despaigne in 2019.
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