The Cubs would love to trade for Cole Hamels


Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs are interested in a trade for Cole Hamels. My story about how I am interested in a date with Carla Gugino was bumped for this story.

OK, maybe this isn’t as much of a pipe dream. You’ll recall that the Cubs claimed Hamels off revocable waivers back in August, but the Phillies pulled him back. That showed that Chicago was willing to take on a lot of money for an elite starting pitcher. And it is worth noting that the Cubs have a lot of position player prospects for a now openly rebuilding Phillies team could really use.

Still, I tend to think that the Phillies still think, not unreasonably, that Hamels is still young enough to rebuild around rather than deal. If that’s the case, it may be that Chicago will have better luck on the free agent market trying to woo Max Scherzer or Jon Lester. Still, interesting.

Braves ace Mike Soroka out for year with torn Achilles

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Atlanta Braves ace Mike Soroka is out for the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon Monday night against the New York Mets.

Soroka was hurt in the third inning after delivering a pitch to J.D. Davis, who grounded the ball toward first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Soroka broke toward first to cover the bag, only to go down on his first step off the mound. The right-hander knew right away it was a devastating injury, one that ensures he won’t be back on the mound until 2021.

“It’s a freak thing that happened,” manager Brian Snitker said, delivering the grim news after the Braves lost 7-2 to the Mets. “I’m sorry it did.”

Soroka yelled in obvious pain and tried to walk gingerly for a couple of steps before dropping to his knees. He couldn’t put any weight on the leg as he was helped toward the clubhouse with the assistance of Snitker and a trainer.

It was a major blow to the two-time defending NL East champion Braves, who had won five straight despite struggling to put together an effective rotation.

“Somebody else is going to get an opportunity,” Snitker said. “Things like that happen. These guys will regroup. Somebody is going to get an opportunity to do something really good. Our young guys are going to continue to get better. We’re going to be fine.”

Soroka, who turns 23 on Tuesday, made his first opening day start last month after going 13-4 with a dazzling 2.68 ERA in 2019 to finish second in NL Rookie of the Year balloting and sixth for the Cy Young Award.

Soroka was making his third start of the season. He came in having allowed just two earned runs over 11 1/3 innings but struggled against the Mets, giving up three hits and four walks. He was charged with four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, the second-shortest outing of his career.

Unfortunately for Soroka, he won’t get a chance to make up for it this season.