Jon Heyman of MLB Network was first to report the Dodgers were nearing a deal with the four-time All-Star, who has made only one MLB start since the 2019 season due to recurring shoulder issues. The 37-year-old avoided offseason surgery, and though he wasn't able to get back to full health in time for spring training, Hamels has been throwing bullpen sessions in showcase events for the past month and looks to be back to 100 percent at this point. Because of his prolonged shutdown, Hamels will have to go through a de facto spring training at the Dodgers' complex in Arizona, so he won't be immediately activated. Assuming he's able to get ramped up over the next month, Hamels could join the Dodgers in late August or early September and fill a depth role in a Los Angeles rotation that's currently missing multiple starters. During his last healthy season in 2019 with the Cubs, Hamels posted a 3.81 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 143:56 K:BB in 141.2 innings.
Dodgers' Cole Hamels: Reaches MLB deal with Dodgers
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