Cubs make decision on Cole Hamels
|Monday, November 4, 2019, 6:15 PM- -|
The Chicago Cubs will not offer veteran pitcher Cole Hamels a one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers.
Since the Cubs didn't offer him a contract, they will not get any draft pick compensation attached to him.
This is the first time that Hamels will be a true free agent in his career. FanGraphs has a projection of a two-year, $28 million contract for a prospective buyer. It's not likely that the Cubs will go that route with his age, but he is still a viable pitcher for any team that picks him up.
Hamels had a 7-7 record (27 starts only with an oblique injury) with a 3.81 ERA and 143 strikeouts last season.
For his standout MLB career, the 36-year old has a 163-121 record with a 3.42 ERA with 2558 strikeouts.
Source: Cubs did not make a qualifying offer (one year, $17.8M) to Cole Hamels. There will be no compensatory Draft pick linked to his signing elsewhere.@ESPNChiCubs was on it first.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) November 4, 2019
Hearing the Cubs aren’t offering Cole Hamels a qualifying offer so he’ll be a free agent with no draft compensation attached to him etc.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) November 4, 2019