Alex Anthopoulos has gotten a lot of mileage out of handing out one-year deals to veteran players over the past couple of seasons. Guys like Josh Donaldson and Marcell Ozuna bet on themselves and were successful in reestablishing their value with big seasons in an Atlanta uniform. However, there is no guarantee for success on a one-year deal and the signing of Cole Hamels last offseason simply did not work out.
What went right in 2020?
Nothing? Hamels threw a total of 3 1/3 innings in a Braves uniform. While it is unmeasurable, there was a lot of talk in Spring Training about Hamels being a veteran presence for Atlanta’s young starters and in particular Max Fried.