LA Dodgers close to reaching deal with Cole Hamels: report

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are close to inking a deal with pitcher Cole Hamels, it was reported Tuesday.

The possible signing was first reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

It was also reported Hamels was close to re-signing with Philadelphia but it appears a contract in sunny California is more likely. 

Hamels is a Southern California native who last played for the Atlanta Braves. Just last week, the Dodgers made a blockbuster trade by acquiring Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals.

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Adding Hamels to the mix would further prove the Dodgers are in the midst of completing a makeover of sorts to its rotation. Ace Trevor Bauer remains on paid administrative leave due to a sexual assault investigation. Bauer last took the mound for Los Angeles in late June.

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In his career, Hamel is 163-122 with a 3.43 ERA. He has also pitched for Philadelphia, Chicago, and Texas. 

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