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Dodgers: Free Agent Cole Hamels Had Shoulder Surgery, Not Retiring Yet



Dodgers legend Cole Hamels isn’t planning on retiring just yet. Of course, I use legend in jest. For those who don’t recall, LA inked Hamels to a 1-year, $1 million deal this past August in the hopes that the former MLB workhorse could provide some key innings down the stretch for a beleaguered starting rotation. Unfortunately, he injured his shoulder while building up for his return and ultimately never suited up for the Dodgers.

Now he’s back as a free agent and, according to MLB reporter Jon Morosi, underwent shoulder surgery. Moreover, he’s not planning on exchanging his cleats for golf shoes just yet.

Hamels will be 38 in the middle of December and hasn’t pitched in a game since September 16th, 2020 when he made his first and only start that year. He made 27 starts for the Cubs back in 2019, which feels like a long time ago in baseball years.

Over his career, the left-hander has tossed more close to 2,800 innings over 440 appearances between the regular season and postseason. So there’s no saying how much is left in the tank for the veteran. But, given his track record, he’ll likely get a shot with some club by midseason next year.

Just don’t count on it being with the Dodgers.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Sometimes I just think that Friedman does more harm than good look at the Bauer signing how fund was that with his history. He had one good year in his career and gets twice what he wss worth. Friedman needs to pull it out and get the players we need to win. Many he should work for free this year he isn’t worth what he gets whatever that is.

  2. Another dumpster find by the master of dumpster pickins, Andrew Dice Friedham. This old clown isn’t worth the dry cleaning expense of his uniform.

  3. $1M is nothing for the Dodgers. Let them sign a dozen and the odds are a few will produce. Who cares how much the owners want to pay to win? How nice to know the Dodgers will be in the playoffs every year!!

    • What? and have the manager jumble up the lineup and screw up the pitching rotation? How much would Roberts take to walk? What ever amount…it would be worth it.

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