The Philadelphia Phillies are at it again. After signing Bryce Harper to a 13-year, $330 million contract in the biggest free-agent deal made last winter, the Phillies started December with another splashy move after agreeing to a five-year, $118 million deal with free-agent right-hander Zack Wheeler. The 29-year-old right-hander will join an impressive starting rotation that already includes Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 1:22 am
TOMASE: Would Dodgers sell the farm for Betts? The Braves, who in 2017 moved into their new park in suburban Cobb County, could very well be one player away from challenging the Dodgers and Nationals for National League supremacy, and it’s hard to imagine there’s a better fit than Betts. Whether they have the will to spend $30 million annually on him is an open question, especially after they got a jump on the relief market by signing former Giants closer Will Smith to a three-year, $40 million deal.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 5:26 pm
Cole Hamels, one of the decade’s most reliable left-handed starting pitchers, has reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year, $18 million contract with the Atlanta Braves. Entering his age-36 season, Hamels brings experience and clubhouse leadership to a rotation that features Mike Soroka and Mike Foltynewicz. This past year with the Chicago Cubs, the four-time All-Star was making a bid for another appearance in the midsummer classic before a strained oblique in his 17th start extinguished those hopes.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 5:23 pm