With the Phillies in Arlington, Tuesday was time for the Philadelphia media to check in on old friend Cole Hamels.
Sadly, Hamels is out with an abdominal injury, sidelining him for at least the next month. But the guy who went 114-90 with a 3.30 ERA, 1,844 strikeouts and 492 walks lifetime with the Phillies (and currently has 138 wins, a 3.31 ERA and 2,137 strikeouts for his 12-year career), hasn’t ruled out seeing the Phillies sooner than later.
“I never leave the door closed,” Hamels said about rejoining the Phils one day in a Matt Gelb article at Philly.com. “It’s a special place and will continue to be a special place. There’s always those opportunities.”
Hamels is potentially a free agent after 2018, but there’s a $20 million team option the Rangers could exercise for 2019.
Maybe he’s the guy the Phils add in 2019 to put the rotation over the top. Or maybe they get him in a trade next mid-season, when the Phils are making a charge for first place. You never know.