Dodgers sign Cole Hamels, add depth to depleted rotation

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LOS ANGELES — Four-time All-Star Cole Hamels signed a $3.05 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers through the end of the season, adding more depth to a pitching staff that has been racked with injuries.

Halem will earn about $1 million from the deal, signed with less than two months less in the season.

He would earn $200,000 for each start and $200,000 for each relief appearance of 3 1/3 innings or more, up to a total of 15 each.

He agreed to accept an optional assignment to the minors, and the team agreed to recall him no later than Sept. 2.

Hamels held a showcase for teams last month. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Wednesday night’s win over Houston that the left-hander will throw a simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday as the club continues to stretch him out.

“I am thrilled this happened,” Roberts said about the signing. “I have long admired Cole and how good of a player he is. He is going to be a boost for us, but we have to get that pitch count built up.”

The 37-year-old Hamels was limited to one start last season with the Atlanta Braves due to shoulder inflammation and arm fatigue. He went 3 1/3 innings on Sept. 16 at Baltimore and allowed three earned runs.

Hamels, the 2008 World Series and NLCS MVP with Philadelphia, will be going into his 16th season. He has a career record of 163-122 with a 3.43 ERA and 2,560 strikeouts in 423 games. In his last full season in 2019 with the Chicago Cubs, he went 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA.

The defending World Series champions have three starters on the injured list – Clayton Kershaw (left elbow inflammation), Tony Gonsolin (right shoulder inflammation) and Danny Duffy (flexor strain), who was acquired last week in a trade with the Kansas City Royals. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer remains on administrative leave while police and MLB are investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against the pitcher.

To make room for Hamels on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated right-hander Yefry Ramirez for assignment.