By Sam Bush
So, did the Phillies make a serious offer to sign ex-ace Cole Hamels?
MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki says not so much:
Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola (3.9 WAR) should provide the Phillies a 1-2 punch they have not had at the top of the rotation since Cliff Lee (6.8 WAR) and Cole Hamels (4.2 WAR) in 2013.
The Phils could use another starter before Opening Day, but it will not be Hamels.
He wanted to return to the organization that selected him in the 2002 Draft, but he signed a one-year, $18 million contract with the Braves.
A source told MLB.com that the Phils offered Hamels a one-year contract worth about half that.