San Francisco Giants: Three free-agent pitchers to avoid this offseason
LHP Cole Hamels
With the looming possibility of Madison Bumgarner leaving the orange and black, Cole Hamels is a potential left-handed replacement for the starting rotation should the team opt to bring-in a veteran lefty to—can’t use the word “replace”— fill-in for the loss of the longtime ace.
Hamels, 35, posted a 47.3 percent groundball rate in 2019, meaning he would be keeping the ball on the ground in front of Gold Glove winners Evan Longoria and Brandon Crawford. It’s also beneficial with the outfield walls at Oracle Park moving in.
There are certainly reasons for the San Francisco Giants front office to take a look at the veteran lefty, but this decision comes down to his age.
Hamels turns 36 in December.
His 3.81 ERA, 9.1 K/9, and 3.6 BB/9 from last season will be attractive to many teams, but Farhan Zaidi and Co. will likely be searching for younger talent that can be part of the club’s long-term plans, much like they did at the trade deadline last season.
If that is the route they continue down, Hamels doesn’t fit the mold.