Hamels similar to Teheran, Kuechel

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
December 05, 2019 - 1:04 pm

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The Atlanta Braves announced they have signed veteran pitcher Cole Hamels to a one-year, $18 million deal on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old left hander didn't have a great 2019 season going 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA. In the month of September, Hamels had 15 IP, 8 ER and couldn't get to the 5th inning in any of his four starts.

92.9 The Game's Braves insider Joe Patrick joined Andy and Randy to discuss why the Braves added Hamels.

"I think that's the question a lot of people had," Patrick said. "Because when you look at the Braves' starting rotation last year, it seems like they had options that kind of do what Cole Hamels is planned to do for the team this year which is to come in and kind of be that experienced veteran guy who could eat up a bunch of innings but not necessarily be your one or two."

"It seems like they had that guy last year in either Dallas Keuchel or Julio Teheran."

The Braves had the option to re-up Teheran's option for $12 million but, instead, decided to sign Hamels to an $18 million deal.

Patrick thinks GM Alex Anthopoulos' mindset in bringing in Hamels was on the fact that he can connect better with the Braves' young pitchers.

"He can come in and really be that mentor for some of these players...to just add that extra bit of credence and professionalism that he brings to the game; be able to connect with them a little bit more than Julio Tehran could."