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Dodgers Sign Cole Hamels, How He’ll Impact LA & What Happened to Victor Gonzalez This Season?



The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed free agent left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels, the LA Times, Mike DiGiovanna confirmed on Wednesday. We break down the signing and discuss what it means for the Dodgers and if he could have an impact on the club in the postseason. Plus, the 2008 World Series MVP becomes the latest member of the 2008 Phillies to end up in Los Angeles.

Next, after another rough appearance last night in the Dodgers 3-0 loss to the Astros, we discuss why reliever Victor Gonzalez has struggled to replicate the success he had in 2020. Plus, is it time to stop using VGON in high leverage situations?

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The veteran left-hander owns a career 163-122 record with a 3.43 ERA in 2,698 innings pitched. He missed most of 2020 with an injury. Now, on the comeback trail, you can’t help but immediately question the health status of Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin. Both are on the injured list and it looks like they’re not coming back any time immediately soon. It will take Hamels some time to ramp up into game shape, but he still can possibly help pick up some key innings for LA sooner rather than later.

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NEXT: Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin Shutting it Down for Now

Written by Doug McKain

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